Persistent low body weight in young children increases risk for future anorexia nervosa
Persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence, as per a study published in the February 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Persistent high BMI in childhood was also found to be a risk factor for later development of bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and purging disorder.
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