Being a parent such as yourself, you may come across some things that are difficult with you and your child. Each difficult thing is different for the age of the child. When a child becomes a teenager they begin to feel the effects of peer pressure. They look at the models on television and magazines, as well as movies, and feel that they have to be thin to achieve anything in life. Our world also portrays the same portrait. Teenagers are confused and begin to feel that they must be skinny to reach their goals. This then starts an eating disorder.
There are many kinds of eating disorders. The most common are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, and Binge-eating disorder.
Some signs of Anorexia Nervosa are extreme thinness or also called emaciation. As well as having your child obsesses about being thin. They may skip meals or eat less, or even stop eating all together. If your child loses a large amount of weight in a small amount of time then it may be a warning sign and to get your child to nearest healthcare provider.
Bulimia Nervosa is also a more dangerous eating disorder which involves over eating and then purging. Your child may be eating normally or even too much then quickly exits to the bathroom to purge, teenagers and young adults also suffer from this disorder. They use different forms to make them throw up such as a finger or a toothbrush.
With Binge eating the person may lose full control of their eating habits and the result of their overeating is obesity which results in high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
How can eating disorders be treated? With lots of psychotherapy and medication, as well as a nutrionist that will kids get back on their feet. There are many eating disorder hospitals around the country. In our area, Linden Oaks in Naperville is one of the best for helping teens and young adults with eating disorders. They can either be an outpatient and go daily for support, or for more severe cases become and inpatient and get help where they need it
If your child is suffering from an eating disorder, Get help as soon as you can. The number to Linden Oaks in Naperville is 630-305-5500