Teens’ obsession with healthy eating may turn into disease (WOIO)

Teens’ obsession with healthy eating may turn into disease (WOIO)


– Doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital say they are seeing a disturbing trend among some young people. – Teenagers and young adults
who are taking healthy eating too far and to what could
become a dangerous disorder. Brittany Bivens talked to doctors about how they’re working to change that. – [Brittany] Today it’s easy
to find lots of advice on diets but that doesn’t mean it’s good advice. – There’s so much poor information on the internet, on social media, and just because they look thin
like you might want to look, doesn’t mean their way of
getting there was healthy. – [Brittany] Dr. Jessica
Castonguay is part of a team of specialists at Akron
Children’s Hospital combating disordered eating
for kids as young as 12. – One of the things that
we’re seeing most often is young people who want to
be more healthy in their diet and in their meals and
so they start to cut out maybe junk food first, and
then maybe fried foods, and then they start to
cut out more and more. – [Brittany] She says they see teenagers coming into the clinic who eat nothing but small amounts of vegetables. And at an age when it’s critical for kids to get vital nutrients, that can lead to a serious health issue or a more serious eating disorder. – When young people decide not
to go out with their friends because they don’t want
to have the ice cream, they don’t want to have
that slice of pizza. When it takes them hours before
going out with their friends on the internet looking up
the nutritional information at the particular restaurant
that they’re going to, then that’s a sign that
there might be a problem. – [Brittany] And the sooner you get help for that problem, the better. In Akron, Brittany
Bivins, Cleveland 19 News.