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Adolescent Eating Disorders Defined

Is your child a competent eater? Did you even know that there was such a thing? According to dietician and psychologist Ellyn Satter, a competent eater is one who regularly eats food they enjoy, and eats enough of it to be satisfied.

The flip side of competent eating is disordered eating. Some people, including adolescents, struggle with eating problems such as not eating enough to maintain a healthy weight or binge eating. This article will define some of the most common types of eating disorders. A series of future articles will discuss each one in more detail.

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Ellyn Satter."Eating Competence." www.ellynsatter.com/eating-competence-i-58.html

Mayo Clinic. "Eating Disorders." www.mayoclinic.com/health/eating-disorders/DS00294/DSECTION=symptoms

University of Maryland Medical Center. "Eating Disorders Introduction." www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_eating_disorders_000049_1.htm

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