Anorexic 9 Year Olds???
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|Tue, 08-06-2013 - 1:44pm|
This story just floored, I didn't realize that eating disorders can happen at such a young age. A 9 year old??? It just boggles the mind. Here is a piece from the article I just read, I think it's something all parents need to read:
Slowly, the pieces fell into place: odd comments over the summer that I had dismissed, thinking if I didn’t make a big deal out of them, they would pass like so many other random fears and concerns that my children had.
Questions, such as:
“Are my legs fat?”
“I feel full.”
“Do you think I’m fat?”
My response? It was so absurd I laughed and told her if anything she probably didn’t eat enough.
I also didn’t pay attention when she lost interest in foods she had once loved. I thought it was just a phase. In her short nine years, my complex daughter had brought up unusual fears and concerns. Usually if I didn’t make a big deal — took it in stride and gave her a little reassurance — it went away.
This time, it didn’t.
When the scale showed she was only 50 pounds — seven pounds less than she’d been during a visit only a few months before — her pediatrician referred us to a children’s hospital. There, they diagnosed her as malnourished and suffering from an eating disorder.
Is this something that is even on your radar yet? The mom talks about how she's always tried to avoid this road, they didn't use words like diet, fat or skinny, they kept social influences at a minimum and didn't battle with food issues at the dinner table. We are careful about that as well, although we have boys and they don't seem all that concerned about their appearance.