Anorexia Treatment Center: What May Make Your Child More at Risk

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Anorexia Treatment Center: What May Make Your Child More at Risk

At ViewPoint, we have the ability to support teens who have struggled with anorexia in the past, although we are not strictly an anorexia treatment center. We can, however, provide an extra level of care towards other issues connected to the eating disorder. Eating disorders affect a massive amount of young people and many of them never receive the proper treatment.  

Nearly 3 percent of all teens will go through an eating disorder, with girls being much more likely than boys to develop one. In a world of photoshopping and airbrushing, it’s important to know the risk factors for your child developing an eating disorder.

What is anorexia nervosa?

The National Eating Disorders Association describes anorexia nervosa as:

“An eating disorder characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat.”

What makes your child more at risk

anorexia treatment centerAs a parent, knowing the risk factors of developing an eating disorder can help you keep a better eye out for any signs that your child may be struggling with this issue:

  • Athletic Standards. Studies have shown that teens in athletics are more likely to form eating disorders. This is often because of the focus on a certain body type for whatever sport they’re involved in. Especially if they love it and feel the pressure to look a certain way, they may feel backed into a corner to try unhealthy ways of reaching that standard.
  • Societal Pressure. We live in a world of advertising with unrealistic expectations plastered all over. Women with flawless skin, long legs, and no body fat; men with enormous muscles, extreme height, and chiseled features. If a teen isn’t taught that theses are unrealistic and ridiculous, a teen may feel that they must turn to unsavory means of reaching those beauty standards to be accepted.
  • Genetics. New research has shown that specific genes may make a person more likely to develop anorexia nervosa. For an anorexia treatment center, this is important information because it means they’ll be able to better identify why and how someone is developing an eating disorder.

ViewPoint can give what an anorexia treatment center offers and more

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best help for troubled teens through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your child through this hard time. As a treatment center with many capabilities, we are able to act as an anorexia treatment center if needed.  

Before ViewPoint, families are often frustrated and lost. Varying doctors and therapists with a range of advice, diagnoses, and plans leaves parents and children unsure of where to turn. At ViewPoint, we centralize all of the different diagnoses, and create a comprehensive report for you and your family to get back on track. Let us help you.

For more information about how we help at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.


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