Talking with your child about eating disorders

In a loving and non-confrontational way, share your concerns about specific things you’re seeing and feeling. Give examples of times when you have felt concerned or uneasy because of their eating and exercising behaviors or comments they have made about their body. Support them in seeking treatment and be persistent.

Action steps for parents and caregivers of youth with an eating disorder

  • Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of Eating Disorders

  • Let your child know that you are worried about their eating behaviors and attitudes

  • Discuss your concerns with them early on, don’t wait

  • Listen to your child and try not to rush to action to “fix” it for them or try to control what they eat

  • Discuss your concerns with your child’s medical provider as soon as possible. Early intervention is correlated with better outcomes