‘Parent Talk’: How to Parent a Child Struggling with an Eating Disorder

It is so hard to watch someone you love suffer, especially your child.   Every child is unique and you don’t get a personalized “how to raise” manual for each one. Here are 6 tips that can be learned from a parent with a child suffering from an eating disorder.   If you need some help from a “been there and done that“ read on.

Don’t underestimate what your gut is telling you.

Keep open lines of communication with your child.

Do your best to keep your child from harm.

Your spouse is your support system not the enemy — even if divorced.

Doing the best you can — is the best you can do.

Be kind to yourself.   Treat yourself as you would treat a dear friend who was going through this storm.

Key Points:

  • 120 million women and 10 million men in American suffer from an eating disorder. These eating disorders are often misunderstood.
  • 2There is a serious lack of funding for people and their families with eating disorders. 4 out of 10 people have admitted suffering from an eating disorder or known someone with one.
  • 3NEDA helps support these suffering from eating disorders and their families. They have programs to help raise awareness.

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group.

Read the full article at: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/parent-talk


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