Disordered eating patterns in adolescents were a risk factor for future depression and bullying by peers, results from a prospective longitudinal study indicated. Disordered eating was significantly associated with future depressive symptoms, with correlation coefficients ranging from 0. Similarly, disordered eating was significantly associated with bullying by peers, the researchers wrote in JAMA Psychiatry. Although disordered eating habits, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders, are more prevalent amongst adolescent girls, the long-term consequences for both sexes were found to be similar. Data on adolescent boys and girls ages were gathered as part of the ongoing Canadian McMaster Teen Study, examining the associations between bullying, mental health and academic achievement. Measures were reported by students using self-assessment questionnaires.
Eating disorders: Childhood infections linked to anorexia, bulimia in teen girls
13 signs your teenager may have an eating disorder : NewsCenter
A child who loses their appetite while sick is generally experiencing a short-term side effect of a serious infection. But now researchers believe childhood infections could be a trigger in the development of serious eating disorders later in life. International researchers have for the first time found an association between childhood infection with an increased risk of anorexia and bulimia in teenage girls. Researchers looked at the health records of more than half a million girls born in Denmark from to They found those hospitalised with a severe infection were at increased risk of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders later, compared with girls who had not been hospitalised with an infection. The study also found girls who had not been in hospital but who had been treated with three or more anti-infective drugs, which include antibiotics, were at increased risk of eating disorders, compared with girls who had not had an infection treated with the drugs.
Disordered eating can be just as serious as the other eating disorders, and it needs treatment too. Someone with disordered eating might be at risk of developing an eating disorder. Although girls are most at risk of eating disorders, boys can develop them too.
An eating disorder is a focus on food and bodyweight that causes a person to go to extremes when it comes to eating. Eating disorders often develop during the teenage years or in early adulthood. They are more common among teenage girls but can affect teenage boys, too.