SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF AN EATING DISORDER IN KIDS & TEENS
Avoiding certain foods
Frequent food restriction
Obsessive or extreme eating behaviors
Notable changes in behavior, especially in young children
Frequent trips to the bathroom, especially after meals
Increased focus on physical appearance
Notable weight change
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT AN EATING DISORDER
- Always consult with the child’s parent or guardian before you talk directly with the child.
- Take warning signs seriously. Early detection reduces risks.
- Trust your guy and seek help for how best to proceed.
- Seek advice on how to prepare yourself for conversations with the child.
- Approaches such as finding a good private moment, having resources handy, being ready to state your concerns in specific ways, and being able to listen well are all important.
The National Eating Disorders Association is a good starting point for many adults.
- Online: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support
- NEDA Help Line: 800-931-2237
https://www.edreferral.com/ offers a search feature to locate treatment providers around the U.S.
WithAll provides more information, resources, and financial support for those seeking treatment.