If Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
What to Do When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
When you realize that your son or daughter has an eating disorder, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Eating disorders are complex disorders and serious illnesses. As a parent, there is no “normal” response. Feelings can run from denying that a problem exists, to thinking it isn’t that serious, to not knowing how to fix it. One of the most important things a parent can do for a child with an eating disorder is to seek help from medical professionals and eating disorder specialists.
An eating disorder is not something that will just go away, or that a parent or child can fix by force of will alone. Your family doctor is often a good place to start, so your child can be medically assessed and you can get recommendations on where to get the appropriate help.
Having your child see an eating disorder specialist is another step to take in dealing with an eating disorder. Depending on the severity of symptoms, and the length of the eating disorder behavior, you may be able to take them to a counselor and begin treatment. There are many levels of care to help children, teens, and adolescents with eating disorders. An eating disorder specialist will be able to help determine the best level of care for your child, given their specific needs and situation.