Identifying and Preventing Eating Disorders in Adolescent Patients with Obesity

Pediatr Ann. 2018 Jun 1;47(6):e232-e237. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20180522-01.


Adolescents with obesity are not immune to developing disordered eating and eating disorders. They most commonly present with atypical or subthreshold criterion due to excess body weight or questions regarding the presence of a distorted body image. Patients with premorbid overweight/obesity and subsequent achievement of weight loss may lead to delays in the recognition and treatment of disordered eating and eating disorders. In fact, disordered eating and eating disorders tend to be higher in those undergoing weight management. This article describes risk factors for the development of eating disorders, common features of eating disorders in adolescents with obesity, and provides recommendations for prevention strategies. [Pediatr Ann. 2018;47(6):e232-e237.].

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Weight
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pediatric Obesity / complications*
  • Risk Factors