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Are there any signs to watch out for in children that might indicate if they will become anorexic as a teenager?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes, sometimes

In preteen adolescents inappropriate food avoidance, poor self-esteem regarding body image, and excessive preoccupation with appearance are all concerning.
This should not be applied to younger children - for example a toddler skipping meals or avoiding their green beans is probably normal!

In brief: Yes, sometimes

In preteen adolescents inappropriate food avoidance, poor self-esteem regarding body image, and excessive preoccupation with appearance are all concerning.
This should not be applied to younger children - for example a toddler skipping meals or avoiding their green beans is probably normal!
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: OCD

An obsessive child with food or body at the center of obsession is something to watch.
Also, being a compassionate parent refraining from commentary at meal times about "cleaning your plate, " or "you're too fat, " when dressing or buying clothing. Trying to stress the positives about your daughter rather than delivering constant criticism.

In brief: OCD

An obsessive child with food or body at the center of obsession is something to watch.
Also, being a compassionate parent refraining from commentary at meal times about "cleaning your plate, " or "you're too fat, " when dressing or buying clothing. Trying to stress the positives about your daughter rather than delivering constant criticism.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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