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March 18, 2009

Help your child having anorexia

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 6:17 am
  • Anorexia is a problem that affects countless kids today. If your child seems to suffer from an eating disorder, it is important for you do everything you can to be supportive and encouraging, and help your child to get rid of the problem.
  • First, you need to understand anorexia.  When anorexia begins, your child will begin to eat less and less without a particular reason (expect to hear “I’m not hungry” a lot). She feels “fat” although she may even be underweight. It can cause hair loss, cramps, coldness, and general weakness or frailness.When you think someone is anorexic, it is a good idea to seek professional help as soon as possible. It is important to establish the anorexia as a solid fact – a dangerous disease that must be treated. Therapists will be able to work out the best way to help your child.Once you have established the person as an anorexic, you will have to change the way you interact with them. Since anorexia is as mentally ravaging as it is physically, you need to make an effort to re-establish the confidence and self-esteem of the victim. Don’t set goals for your child (i.e a target weight). Don’t focus on weight or appearance at all, but rather on health and well-being.
  • You should always remember that the psychologist or therapist has a specific treatment plan laid out for your child. While you need to be central to the recovery of the child, you shouldn’t do anything that cancel out the actions of the therapist. So keep a clear line of communication open, and find out what you can do to add to the therapist’s work while helping your child regain a healthy lifestyle.

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