In our society, eating disorders are not much talked about because it is believed it’s a problem of the West. Contrary to this notion, this problem is very much around us and a lot of people, especially children and young adults are suffering from it.
Eating disorders are a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. They are serious illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors.
Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, anorexia bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. These disorders are exactly what they are called “disorders”; they are not a lifestyle choice.
In children, these disorders develop gradually, making it unlikely for you to notice on time. While adolescents and young adults are usually the most affected by this illness, children as young as seven can also suffer from it.
As a parent, the health of your children is in your hands and you are in the best capacity to protect and care for them. You must therefore watch out for them in every way.
Does your child eat well? Lately, have you been worried about your child’s eating habit? Do you know some of the signs of eating disorders?
A person suffering from an eating disorder does not necessarily have to be thin and can in fact be overweight. Therefore, body weight alone is not a reliable way of diagnosing these disorders. Here are some signs to tell your child might be suffering from an eating disorder:
- Eating in secret
- Eating tiny portions or refusing to eat
- Disappearing after eating
- Stomach pain
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling cold all the time
- Dry skin and fine hair on the body