Teen Anorexia

By the time girls in Marin reach middle school, many believe they are fat and have already attempted to lose weight even if they are thin. Teen anorexia is a serious problem. We live in a culture of perfection where girls want to look good in order to be valued and fit in.
Because this has become such common behavior, it’s important to know the actual symptoms of the eating disorder. Anorectics keep body weight at least 15% less than the norm. Females lose menstrual cycles for at least 3 consecutive months. There is an irrational fear of weight gain often coupled with a distorted assessment of body size and a great need to control their environment.


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We offer effective treatment and counseling services for teen anorexia and other eating disorders.

Concerned about your teen’s eating? Call us at: (415) 360-5445

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Anorexia symptoms may include:

Thin appearance
Abnormal blood counts
Dizziness or fainting
Brittle nails
Hair that thins, breaks or falls out
Soft, downy hair covering the body
Menstrual irregularities or loss of menstruation (amenorrhea)
Dry skin
Frequently being cold
Irregular heart rhythms
Low blood pressure
Bone loss

Emotional and behavioral symptoms may include:

Refusal to eat
Denial of hunger
Excessive exercise
Flat mood or lack of emotion
Difficulty concentrating
Preoccupation with food

Red flags that family and friends may notice include:

Skipping meals
Making excuses for not eating
Eating only a few certain “safe” foods, usually those low in fat and calories
Adopting rigid meal or eating rituals, such as cutting food into tiny pieces or spitting food out
Weighing food
Cooking elaborate meals for others but refusing to eat them themselves
Repeated weighing of themselves
Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
Wearing baggy or layered clothing
Complaining about being fat

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