"Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?" The insights of Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services, were recently featured in a Chesapeake Family magazine article discussing the incidence of eating disorders in children, the warning signs for which parents should watch, and treatment options for this young patient population. Read on for a short excerpt, or click here to view the article in its entirety. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), as many as 10 million females and one million males in the United States are struggling with eating disorders. It may begin subtly enough. Your teenage daughter starts concealing her body beneath several layers of clothes. Your teenage son becomes obsessed with exercise and weight lifting. Perhaps you find packages of laxatives in your teen’s room. Or maybe your daughter no longer wants to eat with the family when you order pizza—a weekly ritual that she used to love. You may think that your son or daughter is just “going through a phase.” After all, the teenage years are a turbulent time, and teens seem to change their moods and behaviors from day to day. But don’t be so quick to dismiss any unusual occurrences as passing phases. All of these behaviors are red flags and may be signs that your teen is struggling with an eating disorder. Many people believe that eating disorders are not “real” illnesses or that they are just fads. Others acknowledge that the illnesses are serious, but they believe that such conditions only affect females. “There are many misconceptions regarding eating disorders,” says Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colo. “Researchers are still learning and accumulating information. We know more now than we did 10 years ago, but there is still much we don’t know, still much more we need to learn. However, we do know that everyone is at risk. Eating disorders affect people of all races and ethnicities. And they don’t just affect girls and young women. They also affect children, older women and men.” Read more.