Children And Eating Disorders: Warning Signs of Noticeable Weight Loss in Children
Have you noticed a dramatic weight loss in your child? Here are alarming signs that your child may have an unhealthy relationship with food.
According to an article at recoveryranch.com, “Warning Signs for Parents that Your Child May Have an Unhealthy Relationship with Food”
“Listed below are a few flags which could signal that your child is becoming disordered in his/her relationship with food.
1. The first and most obvious flag would be a noticeable weight change. Healthy children grow, develop and gain weight into their third decade of life. So, when a child is not regularly gaining weight this could be a sign that something is amiss. Children who take in insufficient calories during their pre-teen years may be slow in developing secondary sex traits. This means that failure to mature physically merits investigation as well.
2. Obsession with size and weight or with food portions and calories is another red flag. Parents should take notice when a child starts cutting his/her food into tiny bites, when they use more condiments but eat less actual food or when solid foods are replaced with more beverages. If a child insists on reading food labels this could also point to anxiety about food and calories. Finally, when a child suddenly eliminates an entire food category, such as starches or meats, this could be the result of an eating disorder. Kids who say they want to become vegetarian or who self-diagnose as glucose intolerant may be using a ploy to hide their disordered eating.
3. Stress and anxiety are closely associated with anorexia nervosa. If you notice that your child seems more anxious and then begins to show weight loss or even if weight changes are coupled with an increase in your child’s anxiety level, this warrants parental attention.” To read the entire article click here.
Barbara Cox is a Reno eating disorder expert that offers weight management, nutritional counseling specialized for individual needs. For a consultation contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.