Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Eating Disorders

Approach conversation honestly

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(HealthDay News) -- If you're concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, having the conversation can be difficult.

The University of Michigan Health System suggests:

  • Explain to your child in a caring, loving way about your concerns.
  • Listen carefully to your child's response. Be aware that teens with eating disorders may be ashamed, afraid or out of control.
  • Explain to your child that you want to help. You may need to bring up the conversation more than once if your child denies the behavior or gets angry.
  • Monitor your child's Internet use, as there are sites that promote eating disorders.
  • Seek professional help if you think your child needs it.

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