"Fixing Fat Kids" Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center, recently lent his expert commenary to The Other Paper in an article profiling obesity and bariatric surgery among children and adolescents: “Most children don’t go to bed one night well and wake up the next morning binge eaters. That’s not the way we get there,” he said by phone from Brazil Wednesday morning, where he was visiting family. “Most people who end up with an eating disorder started with emotional eating. One of the roads to eating related pathology starts with learning to manage emotions with food. That is kind of the way it begins.” Bermudez said the pathways to obesity are varied and include factors such as genetic traits, lifestyle issues (eating too much and moving too little), physiological traits such as metabolism, emotional issues that facilitate overeating to compensate, and true mental disorders that manifest as eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and, in the case of obesity, binge eating. “After 20-plus years of working with people with eating disorders, under my care, I’ve never had a person with anorexia or bulimia die. But I’ve had several people with obesity die,” said Bermudez. “This is really dangerous. This is a really serious issue.” Read more here.