Disordered eating in young children

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Eating disorders are starting younger and younger. And the earliest that I know of a report of a classic eating disorder in a young child is five years old. And that is so young. It´s shocking to even think about that. It´s very important for parents to be aware of all the symptoms because it´s the parents´ job really to pick up on the subtle changes that might be putting their kid at risk. For example, most parents think of eating disorders affecting girls more than boys. In young kids, it´s 50% are boys. Little boys can have classic eating disorders. The eating disorder that´s most common in young kids is anorexia. It´s very rare, that may be changing, to have bulimia in a very young, in an under 10 year old child. 50% are boys. So we need to be careful and watchful of our boys. If our little boy isn´t growing, we should be concerned that he might have an eating disorder. If our little girl isn´t growing, we should be concerned about that. One symptom that parents should watch for is increase in picky eating. Now, all kids are picky at a certain level but picky eating that´s increasing, watch and be cautious that your child is not moving down towards an eating disorder.

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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