We can point the finger at PhotoShop or even the time-honored "fall gal" Barbie, but no matter who's to blame, there's no denying an epidemic is affecting our teens. Approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, according to research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. One out of every 100 women between the ages of 10-20 is suffering from anorexia nervosa, defined as refusal to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of weight gain. Meanwhile, 4 out of every 100 college-aged women have bulimia, a disorder that involves binge eating and then vomiting or using laxatives to prevent putting on pounds. That said, it's no wonder moms find themselves fearing that their teen may too battle an eating disorder.
Thankfully, there are some red flags experts say parents can look out for. Here, 8 telltale signs your teen may have an eating disorder, and what you can do if you suspect that's the case.