A new Australian study suggests teenagers don’t need to be underweight to be struggling with anorexic behaviors.
Researchers say rapid weight loss, even if a person still had normal body mass index, can lead to serious health problems.
They found the number of normal weight teens who meet all other criteria for anorexia had skyrocketed over the past ten years.
These finding are concerning because adolescents with this type of eating disorder can more easily fly under radar.
But these teens are equally at risk of the same dangerous side effects as underweight anorexics, like malnutrition, low pulse and low phosphate levels.