Teenagers are under a lot of pressure, whether it’s from school or the media. That pressure can show itself in a variety of ways, and one of them is through an eating disorder. Maintaining positive body image is difficult, even for adults, and it’s important that every parent is aware of the signs that their teen could be struggling with an eating disorder.
3 Signs Your Teen Could Be Struggling With an Eating Disorder
- Strange Eating Behaviors: Did your teen start suddenly following different eating habits or start practicing strange eating rituals? This could be things like cutting food into small pieces, putting food in certain patterns or measuring out food obsessively. These can be signs of binge eating disorder or anorexia, however, they could also be a sign your teen is trying to lose weight to be healthier.
- Preoccupation with Body Size, Food or Weight: If your teenager appears to suddenly be more interested in their body size, weight or food, it is another sign they could be dealing with an eating disorder. A fear of weight gain, dramatic changes to their eating habits or very rigid food rules all signal a potentially unhealthy relationship with their body. Another example of preoccupation with food could be sticking to “safe foods” that are low in calories, obsession with fat content in foods or cooking complicated meals for others and not eating them.
- Isolation: A teen who is dealing with an eating disorder can also start to isolate themselves or seem less interested in things that they used to enjoy. It’s critical to talk with a professional when you suspect your teen is struggling, as many signs (like isolation) could also indicate another mental health challenge, like depression, or even bullying at school.
If you need professional resources or want more information, you can visit the Behavioral Health System in Baltimore’s Website or call them anytime at 410-433-5175. You can also visit the National Eating Disorders Association’s Website or call their hotline at 800-931-2237.
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