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Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A national study reveals the number of children under 12, with eating disorders may be on the rise.
The study was conducted by the agency for healthcare research and quality.
Numbers show an increase of 119% between 1999 and 2006.
More recent numbers are unavailable, but experts say the problem isn't getting any better.
"The research shows indicates multifactor, there is a lot of things going on that are contributing to it. One aspect certainly is family attitudes around eating that plays a big role. The children learn from what their parents eat, if they eat a certain types of foods they tend to develop preferences for those types of foods” said Dr. Ted Gardner, Program Manager Season of Hope.
Some warning signs for parents include repeated conversations about a child or teen's weight or someone else's, disappearance after meals and skipped meals.