Stress and eating disorders are closely linked. Many people who have eating disorders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or everyday chronic stress. Our children, many of whom are in high school and college, suffer from significant stress due to school pressures, including in-school performance and the looming future of either getting into college, determining a graduate program or going into a career. These stressors can both develop a new eating disorder as a coping mechanism for stress or result in eating disorder relapse for someone who was recovered but remains unstable in light of high-stress situations.
Helping our children recognize the signs of stress and cope with stress in healthy ways can go a long way in helping them recovery from their eating disorders.
A selection of relaxation videos for teens who have anxiety that increases their eating disorder behavior