An eating disorder is commonly defined as an all-consuming desire to be thin and/or an intense fear of weight gain.  The most common eating disorders among adolescents are anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. 

Overeating related to tension, poor nutritional habits and food fads are relatively common eating problems. Parents frequently wonder how to identify symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. These disorders are characterized by a preoccupation with food and a distortion of body image. Unfortunately, many teenagers hide these serious and sometimes fatal disorders from their families and friends.

Basic Information About Eating Disorders

Basic Information (NEDA)

Eating Disorders and Teens

Eating Disorders & Teens (Mayo Clinic)

Attention Teenagers Nobody Looks Like That (NY Times)

Links to National Organizations that provide information about Eating Disorders

NEDA - National Eating Disorders Assocation

Mayo Clinic

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Links to articles on eating disorders

Eating Disorders (NY Times)

Eating Disorders (American Psychological Association)

Resources for evaluation and/or treatment

The Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Facility - Specializes in treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related mental illness.  Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services including day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.  

The Renfrew Center of Connecticut

1445 E Putnam Avenue

1st Floor

Old Greenwich, CT   06870

1 -800-RENFREW (736-3739)