Judi-Lee Webb PhD, from New Directions Counseling Center, shares her best advice for teen’s struggling with eating disorders.
How can parents tell if their teen is struggling with an eating disorder?
Some warning signs include fear of weight gain; preoccupation with food and/or exercise; evidence of binge eating and/or purging behaviors; dieting or only eating “healthy” or “safe” foods; poor self-esteem and body image; changes in weight; changes in personality or mood and more.
What should parents avoid doing?
Parents should avoid minimizing or ignoring the significance of an eating disorder. Parents should also avoid blaming or shaming their teen by directing their frustration, worry or anger toward them.
What would you say to a teen with an eating disorder?
There is hope and full recovery from eating disorders. Even though your “eating disorder voice” may be cheering you on, with treatment, you can learn the tools to challenge this deadly disease and take back control over your body and mind. You are worthy and deserving of a healthy and happy life.