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Issues For adolescents

There are a number of issues which surface for the first time during adolescence which can play a factor in the development of an eating disorder.

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Dangers for adolescents

Because the period of adolescence is one of rapid growth and development, eating disorders are particularly dangerous for this age group as nutrition deficiency and malnutrition can interfere with crucial developments.

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Nutrition in Adolescent Girls | myVMC

Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood, typically between the ages of 10 and 13 years in girls. Adolescence is characterised by the growth spurt, a period of rapid growth. During this time, physical changes affect the body's nutritional needs, while changes in one's lifestyle may affect eating habits and food choices.

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Adolescents: advice for parents -

Adolescence is often a difficult time for parent and child. Get some tips on parenting adoescents.

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Eating disorders & adolescents

While eating disorders can certainly affect males and females of all ages and backgrounds, the average age of onset for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and disordered eating takes place during adolescence. Although eating disorders are usually a result of a number of personal, environmental, psychological, biological and social factors, it seems that adolescents are the most at-risk group of people in developing an eating disorder, and this is due to a number of factors.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Adolescence - what's it about?

An adolescent (say ad-oh-less-ent) is a person who has gone through puberty but is not yet fully mature - in other words, a teenager.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Adolescence

Adolescence is the time when you begin changing from a kid to an adult. This doesn't happen overnight in fact it happens over several years.

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Understanding adolescence for families

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Facts and Statistics | Epilepsy Action Australia

Facts and Statistics of Epilepsy. Anyone can be affected by seizures but epilepsy is most frequently diagnosed in infancy, childhood, adolescence and old age.

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Beckers naevus - ACD

Beckers naevus is a birthmark that appears in adolescence or the twenties as a flat brown discolouration in which darker thicker hairs may later grow.

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