Being careful about one's diet is almost always a good idea, if the plan is to improve overall health by eating right. However, when it becomes a pathological habit, it can do more harm than good.
This is why Casa Serena, an eating disorder clinic located in the East Bay area of San Francisco, is planning to host an eight-week outpatient program designed to teach teens between 14 and 17 years of age how to eat right and plan their own meals.
Casa Serena program director Jackie Holmes said in a statement that the families of at-risk teens will also be included in the process.
"We include a multi-family support and education group weekly in the program to address issues that arise in the healing process. We help the families be a part of the solution not a part of the problem," she said.
Eating disorders, if left untreated, can cause a host of negative health effects, both physical and mental. Being able to maintain a healthy diet is critical to overall well-being, and can result in improved life insurance rates, experts say.