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Web Symposium: Child and Adolescent Nutrition
Eating Disorders during
Nutritional Treatment Issues
specific to Adolescents vs Older Individuals Summarized
Jane Mitchell Rees, PhD, RD, CD
Departments of Health Services and Pediatrics
Maternal Child Health and Adolescent Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
1) Draw attention to the relationship of Eating Disorders to future reproductive
2) Focus on treatment issues specific for adolescents versus older patients
with eating disorders.
3) Summarize adolescent development, behavior, and treatment issues to accompany
of eating disorders in adolescents.
Eating Disorders Lead to Disturbed Preconceptual
Current research clearly shows pregnancy does not occur in isolation but
reflects the prior nourishment of the mother (as well as other parental characteristics).
Thus, preconceptual nutrition is an important concept for those concerned
about the health of adolescent females who will bear the children of the future.
Eating disorders and a variety of disordered eating behaviors seriously interrupt
young women in the process of adapting nourishing habits during the preconceptual
period. Their growth, development and tissue maintenance is compromised,
leaving them poorly prepared for healthy reproduction. Health care
professionals, educators and students need to understand eating disorders,
one of the major impediments to nutritional health in the adolescent period.
Only through understanding and developing effective treatments for disordered
eating among teenagers will those involved in health care be able to assist
young women obtain adequate nourishment in the preconceptual period.
Table of Contents (Click on Topic)
1. Summary Of Adolescent Development
2. Major Psychosocial Tasks Of Adolescents
3. Behavior Of Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa
Nutrition Treatment Issues – Adolescents vs Older Eating
4. Physical Status
5. Concept of
Food as Nourishment
7. Overall Treatment
Additional Information on Adolescent Nutrition
This Web Site is a reference for health care professionals, students and
educators; it is not intended to provide advice or treatment to people
with eating disorders. If you have an eating disorder or disturbed eating
patterns, consult a qualified physician who specializes in eating disorders.