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Pediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorders

What to Know and How to Help

Of the 30 million people in the United States with an eating disorder, the vast majority—95%—are between the ages of 12 to 25. Early intervention for eating disorders is essential when it comes to increasing the chances of recovery and reducing long-term health implications. As parents, family members and community leaders, do you know what to look for when it comes to the risks and warning signs of eating disorders in young people?

Pediatric Eating Disorders

About the Experts

Mackenzie Fox, MA, NCC is a psychotherapist at The Collective. Fox specializes in treatment of anxiety and depression and co-occurring disorders, including eating disorders, substance abuse and trauma. Outside of her role with The Collective, Mackenzie is involved in activism efforts, bringing awareness and raising support for the eating disorder recovery community in the area.

Laura Laine, PMHNP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides diagnostic, medication management and supportive therapy services. Laine’s experience has been in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults who suffer primarily from depression, anxiety/OCD, eating disorders and women’s issues such as postpartum depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Jamison Worley, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian at The Collective. Worley has experience working in a residential treatment facility for co-occurring eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse; a medical-based health and wellness facility; a collegiate sports facility; and a clinical, outpatient nutrition counseling setting.

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