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Eating Disorders

How To Help Children And Youth With Eating Disorders

Anorexia/Bulimia; Eating/Not Eating Problems; Compulsive Overeating

As soon as challenges like overeating, (with or without purging), or not eating are noticed get as thorough a medical evaluation as possible. Try to find practitioners who know a lot about the practices listed below. Without help, eating disorders can cause death, organ damage, relationship challenges in adult life, emotional confusion, reduction in learning ability and decrease already low self-esteem. They can be signs of great emotional upset and confusion; the need for communication opportunities and skills; social isolation; media created self loathing. These disorders are often linked to a combination of: depression or other mental illnesses; anxiety; unhealed abuses of all kinds; traumas of all kinds; lack of opportunity to heal. They may be affected by nutritional imbalances or exposure to environmental pollutants. Low self-esteem combined with ideas from advertisers can complicate self-destructive patterns.

First, We Would Investigate

Second, We Would Investigate

For Long Term Support
We Would Investigate

  • Support For Parents
  • Western Medicine
  • Osteopathy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Attitudinal Healing
  • Hypnotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Ayurveda
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Expressive Arts
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Flower Essences
  • Homeopathy
  • Flower Essences
  • Herbology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation
  • Aikido
  • Music Lessons
  • Drumming
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Support For Parents
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Attitudinal Healing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Psychotherapy
  • Flower Essences
  • Herbology
  • Homeopathy

On Our Own We Would Try: • Replace sodas, juices, sugars, fats, fast foods with water, veggies, whole grains, nuts, protein, fruit, slow food • Long Walks/Hikes • Bedtime Stories and Chats • Wholesome Pleasures • Back Rubs and Foot Massages • Nature • Pets • Less or No TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games

For Parents: • Keep focusing on love. • Monitor computer access to websites that support eating disorders. • Seek out parents of other children or youth with the same kind of challenges. Support each other. • Find and express faith that everything will work out well.

Check out: www.MedLinePlus.gov; www.KidsHealth.org; www.edap.org, Elizabeth Scott; www.traumasoma.com/index.shtml (very technical); www.acestudy.org.

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