Going Back to School Met with Mixed Emotions

Top Quote Millions of students at all grade levels, from elementary to high school to college, will head back to school - and many times this is met with mixed emotions. Not because the "summer fun" has ended, but because school adds new pressures into the mix, with many kids focusing on trying to be popular, and some just to even fit in. End Quote
  • Chicago, IL (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2010 - Many times these pressures can manifest physically, with young men and women trying to be an ideal body size and weight, just like they see in the people they idolize in magazines and movies. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a leader in treatment for eating disorders, wants to educate students and parents about potential problems and let them know assistance is available.

    As many as 10 million females and one million males are fighting a life and death battle with anorexia nervosa or bulimia and another 25 million are fighting a binge eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. And because of this, body image and eating disorders are growing concerns in schools around the country.

    "This is an especially critical time to be aware of potential problems and watch for warning signs," says Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. "During this time when schedules change drastically with the start of school, and new pressures are added into the mix, children and young adults can be more susceptible to body image issues and concerns."

    Warning signs that there could be a potential problem in a loved one include:
    refusal to eat
    difficulty concentrating
    denial of hunger
    obsession with body size and shape coupled with low self esteem
    skipping meals and making excuses for not eating
    eating only a few certain foods considered safe, usually those low in fat and calories

    Recognizing these signs and symptoms in a loved one can be a critical first step in working to improve body image distortions. Through early intervention, treatment and therapy, a positive body image can be restored and a life free from the obsession of reaching an "ideal" body size and shape can be achieved.

    About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
    Timberline Knolls is one of the leading private residential treatment centers for eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma, with or without a dual diagnosis, o-occurring disorder or addiction. Expert treatment staff offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls (ages 12 and older) on a 43-acre campus in suburban Chicago. Women and families seeking Christian treatment have the option of working with a dedicated Christian therapist. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611.

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