Small Study: More Obese Teens Experiencing Complications Of Rapid Weight Loss

Medscape (8/26, Pullen) reports that the results of a 99-patient study published online Aug. 25 in Pediatrics suggests that “during the last six years, the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has reported a more than five-fold increase in the percentage of adolescents who have been admitted with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS-Wt). “ The article notes that the patients “do not meet the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN) because they are not underweight,” but “they experience the life-threatening complications of weight loss seen in patients with AN.” The study authors say the results suggest “that clinicians should carefully assess adolescents of higher weight if they have experienced extensive weight loss.”

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