It is next to impossible to figure out why your child keeps on going about losing weight, and a newfound obsession in healthy eating, as well as a preoccupation with food. However genuine their intentions could be, it could be a sign of an eating disorder. There are five types of eating disorders namely:
- Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
- Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
Here are the signs to look out for to determine whether your child has an eating disorder.
Strange Eating Behaviors
When your child adopts eating rituals and strange eating behaviors, this is an obvious sign of an eating disorder. The rituals include behaviors such as arranging food in certain patterns, cutting the food up in tiny pieces, measuring the food’s weight, eating food in a specific order, or using the same dishes every time they eat.
Preoccupation with Food, Weight, and Body Size
When your child enters the teenage phase, they will become self-conscious about everything. However, when they have an intense fear of weight gain and are obsessed with their body size, then they could be in the early stages of an eating disorder.
Obsessing On Calories, Dieting, or Exercising
While it is crucial that your child be aware of how to live a healthy life by watching what they eat, it can be a sign that they are suffering from an eating disorder. They will be socially withdrawn and when in a group, they will want to discuss issues concerning dieting, how many calories are n certain foods, clean eating etc.
Should you notice these signs in your child, get them to a therapist as soon as possible, and get to the root of the problem. They could not only be having an eating disorder, but they could be in the early stages of a life threatening mental illness.