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Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? In this article for, the largest community of engaged, influential and info-savvy woman bloggers, Eating Recovery Center clinician Liza Feilner, Primary Clinician at the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents shares advice for parents that suspect their children may be suffering from an eating disorder. Below is an excerpt featuring Liza's insights, or click here to view the article in its entirety on   Eating disorders affect five to ten million young and adult women and one million men in the United States. What is a parent to do when we suspect our child may be exhibiting symptoms of disordered eating? Come to think of it -- what are symptoms of disordered eating? To answer these questions, I called up Liza Feilner, a licensed professional counselor and senior clinician at the Eating Recovery Center's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital who for nine years has been working inpatient with individuals suffering from eating disorders. A lot of us don't always have the opportunity to observe our children's eating behaviors throughout the day, meeting up with them only at dinner time. In the following list, Feilner offers some tell-tale signs that a child may be exhibiting symptoms of an eating disorder. "Remember, you're looking for changes to previous patters that they've set with their eating," says Feilner. Symptoms of disordered eating Weight loss or weight fluctuation. These are well-known indicators, though Feilner warns that neither of these in themselves are the only determinant that somebody is struggling with an eating disorder. Significant changes in food behavior. "If suddenly they're cutting out a particular food group, that may signify a change in food behavior," warns Feilner. "For example, they may cut out fats or carbs or certain foods and begin getting more rigid with what they are willing to eat." Limiting intake. "I already ate." "I'm not very hungry tonight." If your child is consistently skipping meals or otherwise trying to limit their food intake by pushing food around the plate or taking really small bites to make it seem like they are eating, watch closely for other symptoms of disordered eating. Ritualistic behavior. Eating disorders tend to turn the consumption of food into a very rigid ritual. Any peculiar eating behaviors -- such as finishing one item on the plate before moving on to another, for example -- should signal a parent to become more observant. Read more.

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