Take our short self-assessment.
  • Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?
  • Have you recently lost more than 15 pounds in a 3-month period?
  • Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  • Would you say that food dominates your life?

Read more signs of an eating disorder here.

If you answered “yes” to 2 or more questions, click here to complete our form or call 1-877-825-8584 to speak confidentially with one of our Masters-level Clinicians. We’re here to help you recover health and balance in your life.

Adapted from SCOFF screening questionnaire.

Eating Recovery Center In The News:

February 12, 2013

Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services Elizabeth Easton, PsyD, penned last week’s byline “Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? 8 Warning Signs” on the blog. Read an excerpt from the article below or to read it in it entirety, please click here.

Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? 8 Warning Signs

Previously, it was believed that eating disorders were “a teenage girl’s” disease. However, this is no longer the case. More men and boys, as well as younger and younger children, are seeking treatment for eating disorders and concerns.

About 35-37% of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, or take diet pills or laxatives, reports the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).  Even more frightening is the fact that 42% of first- through third-grade girls say that they want to be thinner. That’s right, while learning multiplication tables and tallying money, kids are now consumed with counting calories. 

These facts are shocking, and still, many people — and parents — are unaware of how prevalent and serious eating disorders are for young children, tweens and teenagers. Parents have a crucial role in educating themselves about eating disorders and body image issues and identifying possible warning signs, which could indicate the presence of an eating disorder in their child or adolescent. 

Here are some of the most common warning signs that a child or teen potentially has an eating disorder.

  • Dramatic weight loss or drastic fluctuations 
  • A preoccupation with weight, food, food labels and dieting
  • Excessive drinking of fluids or denial of hunger
  • Avoidance of meal times and situations involving food
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Self-induced vomiting or abuse of laxatives, diuretics or diet pills
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • A change in dress, such as over-sized clothing to cover the body or revealing clothes to flaunt weight loss

As a parent, if you become concerned about your child’s eating behaviors or extreme focus on body image, it is important to address the issue early on. Intervene sooner rather than later, andhelp your child seek treatment and experience lasting recovery if you and your doctors deem it appropriate. If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, your immediate focus should be his or her health, opening lines of communication and initiating a conversation.

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