Eating Disorders and Obesity in Pre-Teens and Teens
- Bulimia - Binge
Eating - FAQs on Eating
What are the causes of increased eating
disorders and obesity?
Technically, we don't know, although some of the contributory causes seem pretty obvious.
Family eating disorders or abnormal
attitudes to weight loss and diet
Ask yourself these questions:
Q. Is your child limiting her/his food
Q. Is your child losing weight?
Q. Is your child claiming unreasonably that she/he is too fat?
Q. Is she talking about dieting and focusing on calories and fat?
Q. Is your child becoming obsessed with exercise?
Q. Is your child part of a family with a history of eating disorders?
Q. Has your child started to vomit regularly?
If your child has two or more of these symptoms, you should seek medical help.
Medical care for eating disorders
To begin with, your child will undergo a medical and psychological examination. This will determine if there is something to be concerned about, and if so what course of treatment or steps are required.
Treatment for eating disorders
Typically, this involves four things: Psychotherapy, Clinical Care, Nutrition Counseling, Family Support.
Psychotherapy for eating disorders
During psychotherapy, the child learns what triggers their reaction to food and how to control their eating disorder.
Clinical care for eating disorders
Your health care providers help to stabilize your child's clinical symptoms (if any) like malnutrition, extreme weight loss, damage due to vomiting etc. and if necessary may provide medication to help control depression.
Nutritional counseling for eating disorders
During nutrition counseling, your child learns proper eating habits and is given an eating plan or menu.
Family support for eating disorders
No matter how serious the eating disorder, no cure is complete without family involvement and support. This is essential to assist the child and reduce the chance of a relapse or return to the original disordered patterns of eating. Parents and other family members may receive counseling and support from the health services and may be referrred to specific eating-disorder support groups.
Whether or not your child has started to develop symptoms of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, it is a good idea to take precautions to reduce the risk of any eating disorders developing.
Set a good example
To help your children, first change your own habits.
If so, you should consider changing these bad habits and start setting a good example. If you are unsure about what to do, see your health care provider and ask to be referred to a registered dietician.
By setting a good example, you automatically encourage your children to adopt the sort of balanced eating attitudes and habits that will help them to achieve optimum health and happiness.
Obesity is the No 1. health problem among America's kids. Severely overweight children are at greater risk for early development of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, as well as certain types of cancers. Experts believe that successful weight loss requires a family commitment, with both parents and children addressing lifestyle modification, nutrition and physical issues.
Sadly, many parents assume that children should not have any restrictions on their fat intake, for fear that they wont get enough nutrients for their growing bodies. This is not true. Once children escape infancy, what they eat in their early years is a significant factor in determining how successful they are in controlling their weight in adulthood.
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