Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses characterized by abnormal eating habits that can cause physical and mental health problems.
Children and adolescents who are at risk of developing eating disorders may have a family history of eating disorders, a history of trauma or abuse, low self-esteem, or difficulty coping with stress
If you suspect that your child or adolescent may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Eating disorders can cause serious health problems and even be life-threatening if left untreated. A healthcare provider, such as a pediatrician or mental health professional, can provide a proper diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that may include therapy, nutrition counseling, and medication if necessary.