SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF AN EATING DISORDER IN KIDS & TEENS

Avoiding certain foods

Frequent food restriction

Obsessive or extreme eating behaviors

Perfectionism

Notable changes in behavior, especially in young children

Excessive exercise

Frequent trips to the bathroom, especially after meals

Increased focus on physical appearance

Decreased concentration

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.

GET SUPPORT

The National Eating Disorders Association is a good starting point for many adults.

 

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.