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Teens and Eating Disorders: 6 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Rehabilitate

Dealing with a teenager who has an eating disorder can be challenging. The most important thing for parents to remember is that they are a support system for their children. Keep their needs in mind and make sure you are taking care of them in the best way you know how.

Be Patient

Patience will be your best friend while helping your child deal with an eating disorder. To help yourself with patience, put yourself in your child’s shoes. They want someone who is going to be there for them.

Support Their Treatment

If your child is going to treatment at a place like the Center for Change, and eating disorder center, you will have many opportunities to be supportive of them. Try to be there for every support opportunity. Understand when you find your child treatment that you’re involved in the treatment, too.

Don’t Make It Harder for Them

Do everything you can to make life easier for your child. Don’t reprimand him or her. Try to avoid confrontation. Right now, their job is to get better from the eating disorder. Do what you can to make sure they know you are helping them. You can also do other things that will allow them to see you are trying.

Listen When They’re Talking

Once your teen is in treatment, there is a good chance they will start opening up and talking to you. Listen to them. Be there for them to talk to. By always having your ear open and available to them, you are showing them they have a support system they can rely on during and after treatment.

Keep Healthy Foods Close by

Stock your home up with healthy foods. It isn’t going to hurt anyone. When your child starts eating again, he or she should be able to have options that make them feel good about their food intake. Keep a lot of vegetables and fruits around. Make healthy meals and offer the food, but don’t ever force it.

Be a Role Model

Do you have eating issues of your own? Think about it and try to address them while your child is getting treatment. If you’ve been a bad role model with food in the past, turn it around. Make yourself a good role model and overcome the eating disorder together.

Helping your child is the most important part of treatment. Do everything you can to support them while they are getting help with their eating disorder. While it is hard, stick with it to ensure your child knows they are not alone.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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