The mental health of children and adolescents has deteriorated in recent years, with factors affecting eating among the most worrying, according to a study published in the journal Jama Pediatrics.
The work was led by scientist José Francisco López-Gil, who states that 22% of children and adolescents suffer from these problems, which are the prelude to more serious disorders. Although anorexia and bulimia are associated with thinness, the study found that the higher the body mass index, the higher the prevalence of eating disorders.
López-Gil points out that a person with greater excess body weight is likely to have a poorer body image, self-esteem problems, and even bullying problems at school. The researcher believes that the problem of eating disorders is also related to image stereotypes generated by social networks and the media. López-Gil urges to improve the early detection of these eating disorders and to carry out campaigns that promote a positive body image and healthy eating habits.
Signs to watch out for include excessive preoccupation with body image, feeling overweight, using self-induced vomiting, and a large loss of body weight in a very short period of time.
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