Monday, November 29, 2010

Rate of Eating Disorders in Young Children Continues to Rise

Loyola pediatricians available to discuss a complex illness

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- An increasing number of children in the United States are landing in the hospital for treatment of eating disorders and pediatricians should be on the lookout for patients suspected of having this problem, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Among children younger than 12 with eating disorders, hospitalizations jumped 119 percent between 1999 and 2006, says the clinical report in Monday’s edition of the academy’s publication.

"Eating disorders are complex illnesses that affect adolescents with increasing frequency. Many parents already suspect or know about their child's eating disorder but haven't been counseled about how to get involved," said Dr. Garry Sigman, director of adolescent medicine and an expert in adolescent eating disorders at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. "The physician's responsibility is not only to help bring about the disclosure but to help the family move toward recovery."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.