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Unexplained Weight Loss in Children

Your child's weight loss could be caused by an eating disorder. Eating disorders are becoming increasingly common. They are seen not just in teenage girls but in younger children -- and in boys. Call your doctor for an appointment in the next few days to discuss whether your child has an eating disorder -- and what you can do about it. With medical and psychological help, most children with eating disorders can recover fully.


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