How to help your child if you're concerned about his or her eating behaviors
Contact your child’s pediatrician for a referral to an eating disorder specialist. When you speak to the specialist, ask what type of therapy he or she provides. Family-based therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy have been demonstrated to be effective forms of treatment for eating disorders. How can you tell if the treatment is effective? Watch for a reduction in your child’s symptoms, such as steady improvement in weight in anorexia nervosa, reduced frequency of binge eating and/or purging in bulimia, and more overall flexibility in eating and exercise behaviors.
Resources for individuals and families affected by eating disorders:
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