The adjustment from childhood into adolescence and early adulthood can be a stressful time. Likewise, managing emotions after a trauma can very challenging and can leave us feeling vulnerable and out of control. At these times, some pre-teens, teens and young adults may begin to manipulate their eating habits in an attempt to regain control. Often, this can lead to an eating disorder. Eating disorders may include restricting food intake, binging (overeating), or purging (vomiting), over exercising, or obsessive thoughts about weight and body image. Eating disorders can be difficult to detect and challenging to treat. The sooner an eating disorder is diagnosed and treatment is sought, the better the chances of successful treatment. There are many resources to help parents identify an eating disorder, and to help those who are challenged with an eating disorder to begin to understand it, resume a healthier relationship with food, and learn effective tools to cope with stress.
Books for Parents and Caregivers
The Body Image Workbook,
by Thomas Cash
Life Without Ed
by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge