Psychological therapy and medications have been used to help adolescents recover from anorexia and bulimia. When there is a related depression or anxiety disorder, antidepressants are often prescribed. If the eating disorder is severe—the teenager's weight is 25 percent less than the average for her height and age—hospitalization may be required. Then food can be introduced and intensive therapy given.
A low-carbohydrate diet with exercise is the most effective and lasting treatment for obesity. Unfortunately, high sugar and high carbohydrate drinks and foods are the most available and least costly for most young people.
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