Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are fast becoming common problems in many households. With the obsession over a wafer thin body, anorexia continues to be a threat for most girls as a sizeable amount of girls in their teens often get affected by this disorder.
As a parent you must always be on the lookout to make sure that your child is well nourished and his/her daily intake of food is normal. However, it is not always possible for parents to watch out for their teenage children.
If you feel that your child is not eating well and is too obsessed with his/her weight as a precautionary step you should watch out for the signs of anorexia so as to take control of the situation before it is too late. Usually girls are affected by anorexia and in rare cases boys maybe affected too.
How To Understand The Signs Of Anorexia?
Most teenage and growing children are often inspired by models and pop stars and it can lead to a greater obsession about their body. However, for every child this obsession does not turn into anorexia. The symptoms of anorexia are much more severe and extreme.
Thinking Oneself To Be Overweight Even When Too Thin
One of the major symptoms of anorexia is to have a negative image of one’s own body. If your teenage child is too obsessed about his/her weight and is constantly cribbing about it, the signs are not great.
Anorexic people have a negative body image and put themselves under constant pressure to lose weight even if they are underweight. If your child is very thin and still thinks himself/herself to be fat it could well be a sign of anorexia.
Does Your Child Lie About What He/ She Eats?
An anorexic person is not only obsessed with his weight but constantly worried about what they eat, lest they should put on weight. In the case of teenage children they often lie about what they eat to their parents. Watch out for any sudden changes in the eating pattern of your child.
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Is he/she trying to avoid meal times by making excuses?
Has the portion size of each meal reduced drastically?
Has throwing up become a regular affair after meals?
If your answers to the above questions are positive you have a problem to watch out for.
Is Your Child Becoming Physically Weak?
An anorexic child lacks proper nutrition and in extreme cases no nutrition at all. This lack is more than often reflected on their physical appearance. A young teenager must be active and glowing.
However if you notice that your child is drastically losing weight, there is loss of hair, there are dark circles around the eyes, the skin looks dry and patchy you must immediately seek medical help.
At times anorexia can be life threatening as well. In case of girls she may stop having her periods because of extreme weight loss.
Look Out For Any Behavioral Changes
Children who suffer from anorexia do not have a great image of themselves and their body. They often withdraw themselves into their shells and refuse to interact with anyone.
If you notice that your child is usually sad and frustrated with himself/herself, loses his/her temper quickly, gets depressed easily or there is an extreme anxiety and restlessness it could be the warning signs of anorexia.
As a parent you have to be strong and firm. Your child will need all your support and care to evolve out of this disorder and live happily once again. So take the necessary steps on time.
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