Eating Disorder At Five?

Eating disorders are commonly seen in teenagers, but it does not mean that they don’t occur in other age groups.
Recent studies report that eating disorders can actually be seen in children as young as five. And by eating disorders, they don’t just mean anorexia nervosa, but bulimia nervosa as well.

Before, most kids diagnosed with eating disorders only exhibit signs of anorexia, like restricting their diet or exercising a lot. Now, children below twelve years of age have taken it to the next level, for around ten percent of them actually throw up after eating–a most definite sign of binging and purging. Some smart kids even make use of laxatives.

The danger of these findings is that children need to eat more in order to have normal growth and development. If they don’t stop now, they are likely to continue their unhealthy eating practices until adolescence – if they survive their illness.

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by a quality treatment center within the USA.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by Boca Recovery Center, Daylight Recovery Center or another licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility, a paid advertiser on EatingDisorders.com.

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-568-9025Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?