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A 50-year-old male asked:

My 18 year old son often goes for a day or two without any food intake. a) what is it that makes him do this; b) what harm is he causing his body?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jordan Rush
Gastroenterology 13 years experience
Unusual : May there be issues with depression? This is not uncommon and can certainly cause decreased appetite in a teenager.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
My son is not eating: I think your son may have some issues that need to be discussed with someone he trusts. I worry about anorexia; i worry about drugs; i worry about depression. Your job is to support him; tell him what you see, and offer to help him find someone to talk to.

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Last updated May 27, 2013

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