Eating disorders are a serious issue for people of any age, but when they affect children it can lead to delayed development.
A study from the University of Toronto found stunted growth in 47% of the girls and 54% of the boys. If a growing body does not get the nutrients that it needs then it cannot thrive.
Brain chemistry imbalances from the ultra high carb standard American diet (SAD) are all too common. Protein is made up of amino acids which your brain uses to make neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Healthy fat is also needed to maintain the brain cell membranes so that the neurotransmitters can fit into their receptor sites.
In our world of uber skinny actresses, singers, and models the pressure to be stick thin is happening earlier and earlier. Parents need to be on the lookout if their child skip meals, refuses anything with fat, suddenly becomes an overly picky eater, looks in the mirror constantly, and a variety of other signs.