ADOLESCENZA E PROBLEMI NUTRIZIONALI
Obesity and Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents: a bidirectional way
Antonella Diamanti1, Elvira Verduci1, Teresa Capriati1,
1Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù Roma
Obesity (O), eating disorders (EDs) and unhealthy dietary practices among children and adolescents are very common and can have important developmental consequences. The relationship between O and EDs is bidirectional as this type of disorders share risk factors and pathogenetic mechanisms. The management of related obesity EDs is multidisciplinary and specialist and must take place as early as possible in order to optimize the effects of the therapeutic intervention. The role of the pediatrician is to prevent (first of all the SP / O and then the related obesity EDs) through an early diagnosis and to follow the treatment over time with an approach centered on the family rather than just the child.