Everything You Need to Know About Eating Disorders in Teens

Everything You Need to Know About Eating Disorders in Teens

Finding out that your child has an unhealthy relationship with food can be extremely stressful. It is simply not right when children right out of middle school start to worry about having the perfect waistline or fitting into certain types of clothes. It is, however, a reality that some parents constantly have to deal with.

Here are a few things you need to know about Eating Disorders.

  • Although EDs are thought to be more prevalent in females, boys are just as vulnerable. It has affected around 1 million boys in the US alone.
  • It is not just a physical ordeal; it is a mental illness.
  • Normal weight teens can have an Eating Disorders
  • Body image issues manifest into many different kinds of Eating Disorders

Here is some more information from Behance:

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If you’re not sure if your child has developed an unhealthy relationship with food, look out for warning signs such as these:

  • Skipping meals
  • Eating alone or in secret
  • Becoming reclusive or avoiding social situations
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Obsession/avoidance with food

Seeking treatment for Eating Disorders is extremely important. Recognize signs and give your child the help they need to recover. But also know that recovery is a process. This infographic by Mirasol provides some insight:

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Even after you think your child has recovered, you will have to keep on monitoring them, and your parental control app will help you out more than you know. Recovery Record, an organization that works with treatment of Eating Disorders, found that even clinicians found that going mobile helps them stay better connected with the patient. This aids in their recovery. Take a look at this:

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With your monitoring app, you will be able to keep track of your child’s habits. You’ll know what sorts of websites they visit and sorts of images they view on the internet. You’ll know what they talk to their friends about and what apps they have installed on their device. This will help you to be more proactive should you find anything that may trigger their Eating Disorder again.

Above all, treat your child’s Eating Disorder like a serious disease. A condition pertaining to physical appearance may seem inconsequential, even vain to you. But for them, it is an illness that could ruin their health, potential and future.

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