Identifying Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders: Recommendations From the AAP

December 31, 2006

Eating disorders among adolescents and children are agrowing problem in the United States; the number of caseshas steadily increased over the last 50 years. Up to 5% offemale adolescents have bulimia nervosa, and an estimated0.5% have anorexia nervosa.1

Eating disorders among adolescents and children are agrowing problem in the United States; the number of caseshas steadily increased over the last 50 years. Up to 5% offemale adolescents have bulimia nervosa, and an estimated0.5% have anorexia nervosa.1To better identify eating disorders, the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics advocates the routine use ofscreening questions for all preteen and adolescent patients(Table). Regular evaluation of weight, height, andbody mass index against age-appropriate norms is alsorecommended.

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American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Adolescence. Identifying andtreating eating disorders. Pediatrics. 2003;111:204-211.