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Adolescent Medicine - Eating Disorders 

Your Child is Not Alone

More than seven million Americans, male and female, have eating disorders. According to a Missouri Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 9th-12th graders, 40% of teens reported they were trying to lose weight.

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center offers an inpatient eating disorder program for medical stabilization. The goal of the program is to make your child healthy. We provide education to you and your child and guide you to resources that are available in the community to help in your child's recovery.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation, please call 314-268-6406. Learn about patient and family expectations during your first visit.

Why does my child have an eating problem?

Your child may have eating problems for a variety of reasons. Depression, stomach problems, or even stress can cause a change in eating habits.

Some people have eating disorders. The classic types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa:

Anorexia Nervosa

Refusal to maintain weight at 85% of ideal body weight

Intense fear of gaining weight

Distorted body image

In females, loss of three consecutive menstrual periods

Bulimia Nervosa

Repeated episodes of binging (uncontrolled eating) and purging (vomiting, use of laxatives, diet pills or fasting)

Feeling out of control during a binge

Extreme concern with body weight and shape


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