Eating Disorders are Often Missed in Overweight Teens

scaleIf your child is overweight, you know the pressure that’s put on getting that excess weight off. So when kids work hard, exercising and cutting out empty calories, you have to applaud that effort. But how do you know when getting healthy crosses the line into unhealthy? When does healthy eating become disordered eating?

In a recent Health Matters blog post, Shellie Yussman, M.D., adolescent medicine specialist at Golisano Children’s Hospital, shares several tips to help parents recognize the difference between healthy weight loss and an eating disorder. Read her advice here.

Millions of young people across the country suffer from eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Far too often, these diseases become life-threatening.

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program has become a beacon of hope for these young people and their families. It is one of the seven priority programs of the hospital’s $100 million campaign, helping us enhance overall care and move forward in pediatric research, treatment, and education for the benefit of our current and future patients.

While more than 80 percent of our patients attain a healthy eating pattern and body weight and go on to live healthy, productive lives, there is much more to be done. Your gift can help us better understand the roots of eating disorders, train the health care experts of tomorrow, treat patients and their families, and develop more effective methods of prevention and treatment.

To make a gift and learn more about how you can help the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program, please contact the Office of Advancement at (585) 273-5948.

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