Abdominal Pain May Cause Disordered Eating
Recurrent abdominal pain in childhood may likely lead to disordered eating as the child enters teenage, according to a study by researchers at the University of Oxford, University of Duke and University of Bristol. The researchers who did a study of 14,000 children in the UK stated that abdominal pain increases the risk of developing an eating disorder. They could become fearful of pain and start to avoid foods which associate with the pain. This can lead to fasting behaviour in adolescence. Doctors treating adolescents with eating disorders need to enquire about the history of childhood recurrent abdominal pain and tailor treatment accordingly. Dr Kate Stein, co-author of the study said that a number of teenage patients suffering from anorexia nervosa suffered from painful gastrointestinal problems in childhood.