Hello! Welcome to the Carson City children’s health blog. I am Chocolate Coach Norma Sommers. At this site, I publish information on nutrition and health issues that affect Carson City children and families. My goal is to improve the state of children’s health in the Reno area.
Despite decades of increased awareness in Reno about the dangers of a distorted body image and extreme dieting, eating disorders are still a serious problem.
A recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study revealed disturbing facts about eating disorders among children.1 According to the report, 0.5 percent of teenage girls in the country are estimated to have anorexia. The bulimia rate among adolescent girls is estimated at more than double that at 1 to 2 percent. Though anorexia and bulimia are usually thought of as a problem for adolescents, Carson City parents should be aware that even young Reno children are at risk, as well as males, though the rates are lower.
Nevada pediatricians can help Carson City parents with children affected by an eating disorder. The AAP recommends a combination approach for the treatment of eating disorders in children. Treatment plans usually include nutritional guidance and psychiatric counseling along with the appropriate medical care.
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1‘News Highlights,’ American Academy of Pediatrics, November, 22, 2010, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/november2910studies.htm, accessed on Oct 14, 2011
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