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    Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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    I have searched the web, and I am now seeking some help with resources and solutions to the questions below regarding eating disorders and the variation of body image. The professor is requiring scholarly sources to explain the answer.

    For this Assignment, consider the differences between normal variations in body image and what constitutes an eating disorder. In addition, consider what types of interventions are most effective with children and adolescents with eating disorders.

    The Assignment (2-3 pages):
    o Explain two differences between normal variations of body image and a diagnosable eating disorder.
    o Explain three key elements that you would include in an intervention for the prevention of eating disorders.
    o Explain which of the three key elements would be developmentally appropriate for children and developmentally appropriate for adolescents, and explain why.
    o Explain which of the three key elements might apply best to males and which of the three key elements might apply best to females, and explain why. Be specific.
    o Justify your response using the week's resources and the current literature.

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    a) Differences Between Eating Disorders and Normal: "Eating disorders consist of severe disturbances in eating behavior, maladaptive and unhealthy efforts to control body weight, and abnormal attitudes about body weight and shape" (Wilson, Becker, & Heffernan, 2003, p. 687). It is normal for adolescents to worry about body image, especially around the time of puberty. Dieting, in an attempt to improve body image, is also normal. What is not normal is when the dieting is rigid and unhealthily restricting overall caloric intake. According the the DSM-IV-TR, an eating disorder may be diagnosed when: there is a refusal to maintain body weight at/above a minimally normal weight for one's height and age (body weight less than 85% of what is expected); the individual has an intense fear of gaining weight/becoming fat, even though their weight is normal/too low; there is a disturbance in the way that one's body weight/shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight/shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).

    b) Most Effective Interventions: Those diagnosed with Bulimia Nervosa seem to respond well to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Focal ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution will outline what constitutes an eating disorder, as well as preventative measures for children and adolescents.