Spotting Children With Eating Disorders

Created: August 05, 2019 09:28 AM

Research shows that kids, not just teens or college-aged people, are developing eating disorders at rising rates. Knowing if your child has an eating disorder, however, can be tough.


Dr. Jillian Lampert with 'The Emily Program' says it starts to show up for kids, often, when they change the way they eat.

One way of catching this sign, according to Dr. Lampert, is eating together as a family.

"We're all busy," she says. "We're all trying to figure out how to get more time together as families."

If the behavior continues, look for other subtle signs like comments about what they hear from others. If the child isn't saying much, ask questions. Dr. Lampert says parents should let children know their concerned.

Additional signs include the following:

  • Weight changes. Any unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Compulsivity. New obsessive behaviors such as compulsive exercising, eating, or cleaning.
  • Personality changes. Personality changes including anxiety, irritability or depression. This also includes friendship changes and isolation.
  • Preference changes. For example, a new interest in cooking but a lack of interest in eating.

The Emily Program helps with eating disorders. The first step is an assessment.

"Come in and talk to somebody," Dr. Lampert explains. "Our therapists are trained to do assessments, to really understand what's happening."

Click here to learn more about the program.

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