Eating disorders are found in all age groups nevertheless the highest number is registered in adolescents. Many of those who discover that they have an eating disorder later in life become conscious that it all started in their adolescence.What Really Causes Eating DisordersThere are in fact many causes to eating disorders such as: self-esteem, wanting to incorporate a group or team, stress, to want to stand out in a way or the other and so on. Eating disorders are both when you over eat or when you starving yourself; either way you are putting your health and sometimes even your life in danger.Adolescent eating disorders are formed sometimes without even realizing you are doing so, for instance, your girlfriends wear two sizes smaller clothes than you do and you want to look and shop like they do, subconsciously you begin starving yourself so you can lose weight faster.Overeating can begin the same way but this time round you only get relief from a stressful situation when you eat something you be fond of; the cravings can be both for sweet items or salty but you have to eat them right away even if you have just had your meal.Dealing With An Adolescent Eating DisordersIt is significant that you observe the eating habits of your children carefully as you will truly by no means know when they may slip into an eating disorder and you should be able to identify it before it is too late. Talk to your children about adolescent eating disorders, make them conscious of the risks involved and they will understand when you give explanation that it can even be their life at stake should they keep up the poor eating habits.Adolescence is an extremely confusing age throughout which we all have been and as a result you must be very clear when explaining the risks involved with eating disorders. An adolescent with an eating disorder may very well disagree with that he/she has or ever will have such a problem and consequently you must always show support and love without losing your temper. Work with your child consecutively to make him/her admit the existence of such a problem as only then any action can be taken.Adolescent eating disorders can only be treated if and when the person will admit the same and agree to any help and/or support. Adolescent eating disorders are common and it is moreover common that he/she may not wish to give up this practice yet; as a result, working with your child is very vital in order to convince him/her to agree to help and support.There are sites accessible which will help you deal and find out how to approach adolescent eating disorders in order to get the best reaction from your child as well as get him/her back into normal healthy eating habits.Children’s Eating Disorder: This Can Occur at Different AgesChildren aged between fourteen to fifteen begin to suffer children’s eating disorder and this may hit the highest point at the age of eighteen. Girls in their adolescent years discover themselves suffering from children’s eating disorder and the incidence among boys too seems to be on the rise.While genetics are thought to play an important role in an eating disorder in children self-esteem is rapidly gaining similar status. Furthermore, children who are the subject of abuse, physical mental and sexual are also said to be more susceptible to developing an eating disorder.More and more younger children have contact to magazines and television programs that seem to glorify that except they are super-skinny, they are fat. This can also effect an eating disorder in children as they strive for acceptance by their peers and adults. Nearly all children are simply trying to please their parents or other influential adults in their life, their look, or the perception they have of their appearance, plays a most important part. These thoughts of how they look can manifest themselves into an eating disorder in children.To cure the children’s eating disorder, one ought to get the child seen by a physician with no further delay in case there are symptoms that point to the child having eating disorders. The doctor may possibly perform a nutritional assessment as also evaluate the child for depression signs.The doctor should be capable to rule out other possible causes of weight loss prior to proceeding further and may not consider psychiatric disorders, drug abuse, and inflammatory bowel disease as being symptomatic of children’s eating disorder. An illness such as anorexia may cause the child to faint from low blood pressure or have electrolyte disorders or even be incapable to tolerate cold, constipation and show signs of depleted energy levels.
Last night at a networking event, a fellow life coach thanked me for my courage in letting the world know that I have recovered from an eating disorder.I view my recovery as a personal triumph. However, when I was still struggling with an eating disorder, I felt shame and embarrassment. Why is that? My fellow coach commented that much of society associates eating disorders with shame, “Nobody wants to talk about it. Even some mothers do not want to know. They want to think their family is fine and normal, that they have set a good example for their kids.” She is right. Because families and parents are hesitant to discuss eating disorders and may even be in denial, the kid who has the eating disorder suffers alone. Some adolescents do not even feel comfortable sharing their secret with their friends.Ever since Karen Carpenter died of anorexia in 1983 and the world has been educated that eating disorders do indeed exist, it has been a taboo topic. I believe eating disorders are a taboo topic associated with shame, embarrassment, and a hesitancy to tell others for 3 reasons:1) People with eating disorders feel stigmatized, disgusted, and abnormal. They definitely do not want others to see them that way, too.Often, they live in an environment that conveys the message (real or perceived) that anyone less than normal is not okay. For this reason, they keep the secret about their eating disorder from their parents or friends because they do not want to cause anybody else the embarrassment or shame that they feel. Additionally, they do not want their embarrassment and shame compounded if their parents find out about their eating disorder and seem disgusted.2) Nobody wants to be the odd one out and bring up the topic of eating disorders that is rarely discussed. When it is discussed, the topic is usually changed quickly. Why do people avoid talking about eating disorders?People feel powerless to make a difference and far removed from the situation. When the topic eating disorders is mentioned, it tends to be a depressing conversation. Nobody likes to feel depressed. Additionally, nobody has the slightest idea of what they can do to remedy the problem. Just like when someone mentions genocide in the Sudan, people shrug their shoulders because they do not have a solution. Also, many people cannot identify with the problem at all. It seems like something that affects “other people.” (They may know someone with an eating disorder, but that person may be keeping it secret).Another reason people change the topic is they do not know very much about eating disorders. Because there is a lack of dialogue about eating disorders, ignorance remains.3) Some adolescents with eating disorders fear that if they disclose their secret about their eating disorder, they will be too big a burden for their families. They feel that there is already enough conflict or stress in the family and they do not want to add to it. To save their family from the burden, they decide it is better that they be strong and deal with it one their own.Because eating disorders are such a taboo topic nobody feels comfortable discussing freely, it is a challenge for treatment specialists like myself to create awareness, to educate, and to get our message out there.I am certain there are thousands of adolescents who harbor a secret that they have an eating disorder. They are suffering in silence. They need people in their lives who love them to reach out and tell the adolescent 3 things:1) You are loved2) You can trust me with anything you are struggling with and I will not judge you3) You have my full and complete supportAs an environment of openness, support, and honesty is facilitated by parents and loved ones, adolescents will start to feel more comfortable telling others about their eating disorder. Until people are ready to honestly say, “you can trust me with anything you are struggling with and I will not judge you”, adolescents will try to handle their eating disorders on their own. The results can be fatal. Do not make the mistake of assuming your child or loved one already knows you support and love them unconditionally. Tell them!You may feel overwhelmed at how to help a loved one with an eating disorder. Just remember that more important than being an eating disorder expert is being a loving, non-judgmental support. When your child or loved one comes to you and tells you that they have an eating disorder, refer them to a recovery specialist and spend your energy loving and reinforcing your support.