Warning signs of eating disorders

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Warning signs of eating disorders

There are several warning signs that a parent can look for in seeing if their child has an eating disorder. Sometimes parents just look at the weight. If a child is severely losing weight, they can say, "Oh, my child has anorexia or something like that." But there is many other signs that they may miss. The other signs they miss because they are not seeing, such as; someone that compulsively exercises, someone that doesn't eat dinner with the family and friends. They say they've already eaten. It's someone that eats and then goes to the bathroom, but the parent doesn't realize that they are eating and then going to purge the calories. People with eating disorders become very good at hiding the eating disorders. They do a lot of lying. They wear baggy clothes. They are vomiting at school or home or wherever they can. There are other signs as well; hair loss, their skin can get very dry, have cardiac problems. These are unseen things that parents can't see. It's important that if a parent sees some of these warning signs, that a parent seeks help and get treatment.

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Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Maggie Baumann is a marriage and family therapist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Maggie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. As a woman in recovery from anorexia, she speaks on the topic of eating disorder prevention and treatment to a wide audience. She has been a featured guest on numerous national television shows on eating disorder awareness and quoted in newspapers across the country including the New York Times as well as in national magazines including Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her area of expertise within the eating disorder field is on “pregorexia”, a term describing a pregnant woman who is also struggling with an eating disorder. This is a life-threatening condition affecting the lives of both mom and her unborn baby. 

On a personal front, Maggie has been married 28 years and has two healthy grown daughters, Christine, 25 and Whitney, 24. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience Maggie has encountered. Maggie enjoys staying active with healthy exercise and loves to be outdoors. Living one mile from the beach allows Maggie the luxury of enjoying the peace of the ocean. Photography, reading and spending time with her two kitties (who are really grown up cats) are other passions she appreciates doing in her leisure time.   

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