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When Your Teenager Stops Eating: 4 Strategies for Addressing Anorexia

Anorexia is a very serious and often debilitating disease that many people throughout the world suffer from. It is common in teenagers and young adults, but can also affect people at any stage of their lives. Essentially, the illness is characterized by a continued unwillingness to consume the proper amount of food each day in order to avoid gaining weight. If your teenager has stopped eating, this is likely a sign of anorexia. The following information provides several helpful tips you may want to consider when addressing this issue and helping your child cope with the illness in healthy ways:

Plan a Conversation

One of the first things you should do is confront them about their disorder. This should be done in a loving and encouraging way. Feel free to express your concern, but remember that getting angry with them will only exacerbate their condition. The issue should be approached in a delicate manner, and your goal should be to express your concern and care for them. If your child feels as if you are on their side and committed to their recovery, they will be more likely to turn to you for help.

Empathize with Your Teen

It is important that you try to understand what they are going through. Empathizing with them can help you to create a closer bond, which may lead to them trusting you and relying on you more. Empathy can also help you to think of more creative and effective solutions. Always keep in mind that your teenager did not choose this illness. Remember the suffering they’re experiencing because of their anorexia.

Make a Plan for Tackling the Disorder

Understand that the reason your child is not eating is rooted in fear. It may be helpful to figure out a plan together for tackling their anorexia. You should never attempt to force-feed your teenager, but you can gently encourage them to eat nutritious food. You should also ask them what type of support they need and find ways to make their days more positive. If you find that they are not willing to make or stick with a recovery plan, you’ll need to seek out professional help.

Seek Out Professional Help

Sometimes, your teenager may be too consumed by the disease to accept your help. If they are not responding to your efforts, or if they are in danger, it is important to immediately seek help. There are many therapists and inpatient eating disorder treatment facilities that can assist your teen in overcoming anorexia the order in order to restore their health and create a better future.

Overall, anorexia and other eating disorders are a very grave issue. They can lead to many long-term health problems as well as death. Therefore, they should be addressed promptly and effectively. It can be difficult to know how to approach this issue on your own. Therefore, you will likely need some assistance during the process. Your teen may show signs of resentment if you try to get in the way of their disorder. However, it is important not to give in to them, but continue fighting for their health.

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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