If you’re concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, having the conversation can be difficult.
The University of Michigan Health System suggests:
- Explain to your child in a caring, loving way about your concerns.
- Listen carefully to your child’s response. Be aware that teens with eating disorders may be ashamed, afraid or out of control.
- Explain to your child that you want to help. You may need to bring up the conversation more than once if your child denies the behavior or gets angry.
- Monitor your child’s Internet use, as there are sites that promote eating disorders.
- Seek professional help if you think your child needs it.