How-To SPOT & HELP Eating disorder in your teenager.

How-To SPOT & HELP Eating disorder in your teenager.

Eating disorder in your teenager:  As a mother I am always worry about my teen’s health and their diet.  Like me I am sure you can also feel same thing about teens balanced diet.

Due to hormonal changes or biological changes at some point of teenage years almost all parent face this difficulty with their teens health and diet.

Disturbed pattern of eating in teen is very common these days. Maybe you find no apparent cause of eating disorder in your teen. And worried how can I solve the issue of balanced diet in my teen.? How I motivate my teen towards a balance diet?

If you really want to solve the issue of eating disorder of your teen then you should must know about how to spot out an eating disorder in your teen.

The reason is that in teenage years there are different kind of eating disorder present. Educate yourself about these types of eating disorder and how you can solve the issue of eating disorder.


10 Worrying facts you should know about.

I have listed below few of the facts that got me worried. Facts that got me thinking and pushed me to write about eating disorder.

I always believe that when you have your facts right it helps you to have a better conversation with your teenager on the subject.

It is one of the effective ways to drive home a point and show to your teenager how important the topic of eating disorder in your teenager is.

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Most of these facts points to other issues that are common among teenagers. To get more insights into this matter click the link given Parenting Challenges Faced while raising Teenager’s and browse for more.

3 Common types of eating disorders in Teenagers

We have listed below some common eating disorder in teenagers. And causes and symptoms to look out for to spot Eating disorder in your teenager.

There are other eating disorders like avoidant / restrictive food intake disorder , Rumination disorder and Pica. But they are usually in other age groups such as infants, childhood, pregnancy etc..

We have highlighted only the most prevalent eating disorders in teenagers.


Anorexia is type of eating disorder in which teens usually want to maintain weight that is below average to their height and age.

In this type of eating disorder usually teens have excessive fear about getting weight , and because of this they ignore balance diet and usually starve themselves.

Usually anorexia is diagnosed in girls more than boys .

Cause & Symptoms;

Health risk of Anorexia

Teen with this condition more likely face to several disorders like heart problems, dry skin and hair, osteoporosis, weakness, stomach problem and kidney disorders.


Bulimia is a eating disorder in which teens eat more than normal and then try to get rid of extra calories.

Usually they eat a lot at first we can say they engage with bingeing ( A condition in which teens eats more then normal). After getting extra calories they tries to burn calories or get rid of food from their body by different methods.

The methods involve in purges is self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise or running for hours.

Causes & symptoms

Binge Eating disorder

Teens with binge disorder usually consume calories more then normal. They eats a lot of food in short time frame.

Teens with binge disorder are with lack of control of calories consumption.

On the contrary of bulimia disorder teens consume extra calories but don’t try to get rid of food from their bodies.

Causes and symptoms

Health risk of binge

 A teen with this order can face health related problems in future like, high blood pressure, overweight. High cholesterol and stomach problems.

Few common tell tale signs of Eating disorder in your teenager

  1. hanges to become a very picky eater. Avoids meals or makes excuses to have food with family.

15 Important things Parents must Know

11 ways you can help with eating disorder in your teenager

Once you notice or spot out any kind of eating disorder in your teenager regarding to diet you can follow some given below tips as a broad guideline.

However, these are what worked for the people I know. And each case is different. My sincere advice is to go for a general check up and talk to your doctor your concerns for further guidance.

First thing you can do is providing enough knowledge of balanced diet to your teen. To do that educate yourself well on tis topic first. And be ready for some denial of the issue when you start it for the first time.

If you face that keep the talk light for the first time and tell them foods that are necessary for their well being .

Encourage them to take calories according to a proper diet , don`t eat less and don`t eat more then normal.

You can also seek help of a nutritionist for a balanced diet chart according to your teen physical health.

Read about how to get your family embrace nutrition in our article nutrition.

Clearly discuss consequences of eating disorder with your teen. Give them statistics we have outlined above to drive home the point.

Guide them how risky are eating disorders for their future health.

Tell them health risk related to their eating disorder. From this , they will become be aware about their diet.

Once you spot out the eating disorder in your teen , don`t become aggressive or frustrated. You must show patience about this matter as you can’t get back things to normal in overnight.

These symptoms will be shown years earlier itself. So catch it early for quick recovery.

Tell your teens you love them no matter what`s going on. Show them your affection and care. Show them your love when they need you most.

Tis helps them feel secure in your love. And they will slowly move away from associating body image to love received.

This also helps in increasing bonding with your teen. Know other ways of increasing bonding by reading our article Emotional bonding.

Try to discuss things with your teen related to their problem. Listen them with attention, try to know about their feelings .

Try to know about things related to their health issues. This will give you some insights into their though process and their stressors.

Read our article Teenage stress to know more about the issue.

As we discuss physical appearance contribute a lot in teens physical health. Many teen thinks that they will get their desired appearance by adopting eating behaviour.

For this reason, try to avoid discuss about physical appearances all the time. Encourage them to not only focus about physical health, but also try to get internal attributes instead.

Do check if you are obsessing over it yourself or someone close to your teen is.

As we know, these days our teens spend their most of time on social media. You can’t prevent your child from going online these days .

The only thing you can do is to guide your teen about negative influence of media. Tell them reality is differ then social media and media is not real .

Guide them people have different shapes and colour.

Read our article point across to have a effective conversation.

Praise your teens for their accomplishments. Guide them looks don`t matter when a person has ability and confidence to do anything.

Talk to them on why they feel that they need to look thin. What do they think will happen if they are fat. Debunk some of the ideal image issues they have.

Encourage teen about self-confidence and about their self-esteem.

Read more about self-confidence and how to build it in our article Self-confidence.

You can motivate your teen from your physical health and from your self-confidence.

You can be a role model for your child by taking care of your health. Your teen will automatically get inspiration from you and try to maintain a good health.

You can also guide them I am OK with my physical appearances you should also follow the same thing about your physical appearance.

Take care of your child physical health and monitor the changes in their habits and daily routines activities. Keenly observe if you notice any disorder like constipation, arryhthmia or any menstrual irregularities and any tooth related problems.

 As we know how exercise and meditation help in stress and anxiety. Exercise and mediation can also contribute a lot in physical health of your teen. Tell them how they can get help from these physical activities. Encourage them to how they can maintain a healthy life style with their attributes.

12 Keep an eye on your teenagers’s social circle.

Teenagers have a need to fit in. And they are also heavily influenced by their peer groups outlook of life .

As parents keep an eye on your teenager’s social circle so you will get an idea on what they priorities are.

If their close associates and friends or obsessed with body image and you find your teenager slowly turning out to be a picky eater it should ring some alarm bells for you.

Read our article on choose right friend. To help you in your journey.


At the end I want conclude things by saying that a healthy lifestyle and a good care of child overall health can prevent parent and teen both from eating disorders.

Moreover, with proper guidance and knowledge you can motivate your teen towards good physical health.

With time spent with your teen and helping them to develop positive body image and love them unconditionally. You will soon be having a very healthy and confident adult in few short years.

God Bless!!..

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