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CNN reports that eating disorders are on the rise in young children. A study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that hospitalizations for eating disorders in children under 12 increased by 119% between 1999 and 2006. More recent numbers are unavailable, but experts say the problem isn’t getting any better.

Awareness of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders increases the ability of parents to get help for their children. Experts say that getting help at a young age is the key to effective treatment. CNN quotes Dina Zeckhausen, a psychologist and founder of the Eating Disorder Information Network: “The longer an eating disorder goes on, the more potential physical and psychological damage can occur. It’s particularly important to be in recovery before puberty begins so the child can accept and cope with the normal weight gain of puberty.”

If your child shows signs of an eating disorder, you can seek help by contacting the National Eating Disorder Association information and referral hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

Kantor & Kantor, LLP LLP has successfully helped families recover insurance benefits to treat children suffering from eating disorders. Insurance denials should not stand in the way of quality and appropriate treatment of patients with eating disorders.