What to do when your loved one has an eating disorder

by Reba Tobia If your loved one has an eating disorder, you may have a lot of feelings that you don’t know how to handle. As someone who has been through eating disorder recovery, I’d like to offer you some insight.  Helping a loved one who has an eating disorder isn’t easy, but your love can make a world of …

How can I help my bulimic daughter?

How can I help my bulimic daughter?

Parents can help their bulimic daughter recover from her eating disorder by following these steps: Accept your child’s diagnosis Understand that this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed thoroughly Recognize that bulimia requires specialized treatment and recovery Respect your child’s process and body throughout recovery Get help for yourself so that you can manage the stress of …

talk to your child about disordered eating

Talk to your child about disordered eating

It’s time to talk to your child about disordered eating. This is because: Most eating disorders begin as disordered eating Disordered eating is so common that it’s considered normal The earlier you talk about disordered eating, the better your chances of protecting your child Parents have a huge influence on how kids feel about food and eating The number of …

how to know does my child have an eating disorder

Does my child have an eating disorder? 3 signs

I wanted to figure out how parents can get better at recognizing whether a child has an eating disorder. Here’s what I found …  Most people assume that people who have eating disorders are underweight, but it’s not that simple. In fact, your child’s body weight can hide an eating disorder in plain sight. The three signs of an eating …

Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Despite the fact that participating in athletics can and should be protective, for many student-athletes, it is harmful. Many student-athletes struggle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders at some point during their athletic careers. This is most likely due to a combination of the stress of participating in sports in today’s hyper-competitive environment and the fact that coaches and parents …

Can a person fully recover from an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are poorly understood, and there are many different perspectives on why they occur and exactly what is involved in their development and recovery. The quick answer, is YES. A person can fully recover from an eating disorder. There are many theories pointing towards a combination of genetics, temperament, family, and social predictors. As of right now, all we …

It may be hard to see an eating disorder as a gift, but it does afford us the opportunity to learn about ourselves, our family, and our world if we only listen.

The gift of an eating disorder

In no way does any family want to get the gift of an eating disorder. Nor does any family deserve to get the gift of an eating disorder. But that is quite beside the point. The point is that we have an eating disorder in our family. The question is not “what did we do to deserve this?” but “what …

How to know if your child is “sick enough” with an eating disorder

Eating disorders are perceived as disorders in which the person suffering wastes away and becomes skeletal in appearance. It is true that a rare minority of people who have eating disorders begin at a relatively low body weight and, upon engaging in disordered eating, rapidly lose more weight and become medically underweight. These people often need urgent medical care so …