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Childhood Eating Disorder Suggestions

(Also Known As: Children's Eating Disorder Suggestions, Eating Disorder Suggestions, Bulimia Suggestions, Anorexia Suggestions, Binge Eating Suggestions)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Suggestions for Childhood Eating Disorder

When a member of the family is suffering from any kind of disorder, it is very upsetting for the parents. Parents bear the emotional pains and sometimes blame themselves for what happened to their child. Although it is hurtful to see that your child might have a childhood eating disorder, it is very important for the parents to manage intelligently and strongly this type of disorder. Here are some tips and guidelines for the parents, friends and children, as well, on coping with childhood eating disorders.

  • Be a role model to your child. If you are keeping a healthy eating lifestyle like eating nutritional foods such as vegetable and fruits, not skipping meals and eating on time; you can expect that your child will imitate you.
  • As a parent, you should never criticize or humiliate your child’s weight and shape. Children are sensitive and they easily get hurt if judging his/her size came from his/her own parents.
  • Parents should also become aware on what they say regarding body image, eating, and weight to prevent your child from confusion. Like you want your child to eat the food you prepare for him/her to easily grow and become strong but you also warn them on getting fat.
  • Build a good relationship with your child. Talk to them by heart, read books together during free time and let them express their thoughts about it. Creating a good bond with your child makes him/her become aware of their feelings and will then easily express their selves particularly about their manners on food and eating.
  • Be very patient. Children with eating disorders may have underlying problems that the only way of coping them is through their abnormal way of eating, and parents should have a broad understanding what their child is going through. Sufferers of childhood eating disorders get easily upset and irritable and helping them might be perceived by your child that you are taking away their only method of coping with their problems. A simple gesture and thoughtful dialogue could mean a lot to them, that what you want to do is not to condemn their disability but to help them. Allow your doctor to tell them the information or difficult news and that you are only there to support and get the help that your child needs.
  • Allow your kids to participate on any sport or dance activities but be aware that they will not go beyond or abuse their body in these activities, like they will not do extreme exercises or get involve too much in a sport just to lose weight.
  • Initiate finding helpful resources that you will need in order to give you some approaches on managing eating disorders with your child. You can find help from different institutions and websites regarding childhood eating disorders.

And lastly, if you observe that your child manifests signs of eating disorders, seek professional treatment as soon as possible. Find experts that are experienced or specialize in this kind of disorder. Remember that early intervention is important for improvement and will prevent your child from acquiring associated disease. Early treatment can also avoid any difficulty that may arise eventually, which can also lead to death. 7

Could You Have Childhood Eating Disorder?

Childhood Eating Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa – binge eating, purging, fasting, excessive eating, uncontrolled eating