03:22am Monday 06 July 2020

Rate of Eating Disorders in Young Children Continues to Rise

MAYWOOD, Ill. — An increasing number of children in the United States are landing in the hospital for treatment of eating disorders and pediatricians should be on the lookout for patients suspected of having this problem, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Among children younger than 12 with eating disorders, hospitalizations jumped 119 percent between 1999 and 2006, says the clinical report in Monday’s edition of the academy’s publication.

“Eating disorders are complex illnesses that affect adolescents with increasing frequency. Many parents already suspect or know about their child’s eating disorder but haven’t been counseled about how to get involved,” said Dr. Garry Sigman, director of adolescent medicine and an expert in adolescent eating disorders at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. “The physician’s responsibility is not only to help bring about the disclosure but to help the family move toward recovery.”

Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 28 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.

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