Although eating disorders are relatively rare in young children, if you think your child may be suffering from an eating disorder it is crucial that you get help immediately. The longer that it goes untreated the more difficult it is treat on an outpatient basis and may lead to hospitalization. Restricting food intake resulting in being underweight, an intense fear of gaining weight, excessive focus on body image and and inability to recognize the severity of the situation are common symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa. Binge Eating Disorder involves episodes of consuming very large amounts of food with a feeling of being out of control followed by intense feelings of guilt and shame. Bulimia Nervosa is similar to Binge Eating Disorder although attempts are made to prevent weight gain by vomiting or other methods.
Eating disorders are quite common in older children, teens and adults; however, because the person affected by the condition is often not able to see how serious it is, it is often a loved one who prompts them to get help. If you are reading this and you are concerned about your child with an potential eating disorder, we can help you.