What If You Suspect Your Teen Has An Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder can have a long-term impact on your teenager's health. Although it is challenging, it is important that you help your teen get the treatment that he or she needs. Without it, your teen could be at risk of struggling with the disorder the rest of his or her life. If you suspect that your teen has an eating disorder, here is what you need to know.  

Does Your Teen Have an Eating Disorder? 

Depending on how well your teen has attempted to hide the disorder, it might not be immediately evident. However, there are signs you can look for that could give you an indication that there is a problem.  

One of the more noticeable signs of an eating disorder is a change to your child's weight. Your teen might also be suffering from a disorder if he or she seems to be obsessed with his or her weight. Your teen could resort to a strict diet that severely limits what he or she eats. However, your teen might also binge eat in anticipation of eating laxatives or vomiting later.  

If you have a teenage daughter, the changes in her diet can sometimes cause disruptions in her menstrual cycle. For instance, her periods could occur far less or stop altogether.  

Eating disorders can often lead to the development of other medical conditions, such as anemia. If you notice your teen complaining of fatigue a lot or he or she seems to be cold all the time, a disorder could be to blame.  

What Can You Do? 

Approaching your teen about a suspected eating disorder is difficult. However, due to the serious consequences associated with disorders, it is important that you talk to him or her about your suspicions. Before talking to him or her though, take the time to prepare.  

Reading about eating disorders and talking to your teen's doctor can help you build your case for why you believe a disorder exists. The more prepared you are, the less likely it is that your teen will deny that he or she has a disorder and needs help. 

When you do talk to your teen, avoid accusations. Even if your teen does not admit to having a problem, do not accuse him or her. Try to stay compassionate and listen to your teen.  

One of the most important steps you can take is to seek professional help from an eating disorder treatment facility. Professionals can help to diagnose your teen and create a treatment plan to help him or her overcome the disorder. For additional reading, visit a treatment clinic in your area. 

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Tips for people who think They Have "Bad Health Luck"

While my parents took care to keep my home sanitary, feel my family nutritious meals, and encourage us all to get some healthy exercise outdoors, I always felt like I had "bad health luck." During my childhood, it felt like I was always coming down with one illness after another, and while thankfully, there were great treatments for most of them, I was envious of other children who seemed to never get sick. During my teenage years, my health improved, but as an adult, it seems like my "bad health luck" has returned. However, I try to find a "silver lining" in everything and, for me, that was the inspiration to learn a lot about diseases, disorders, and other health problems. To help others suffering from health problems, I decided to share the health knowledge I have accumulated over the years on a blog!