Signs of an eating disorder

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Signs of an eating disorder

You want to know what the first clue is that your child may have an eating disorder? My basic advice is, when you take your child in for an exam, you really pay attention to what the doctor says about whether they have grown or not. If they haven't grown, be very, very watchful. Kids are supposed to be growing. It's easy to forget that because adults are worried about growing. Many of us are trying to stay the same or lose weight. Another thing I always have parents watch for is if they are showing more interest in nutrition and healthy eating. That is not a natural thing for kids to be worried about. Parents should take care of that. If your child is looking at food labels and asking if these are the healthiest choice. I would be very worried about that. Just be watchful. Another thing I would be watchful if other adults or teens are talking about dieting and losing weight, you should have them stop doing that. That could set the stage and put your child at risk.

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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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