Eating Disorders (Secondary School)
If you are worrying about whether your child is developing an eating disorder or have discovered that they have, see your GP as soon as possible to discuss whether a referral to specialist services is needed. Sometimes teenagers and young adults may not want to see a doctor or may not agree there is a problem or may wish to go alone. While a GP cannot share information that someone over 16 has told them without that person’s consent, a parent can share their own worries with the GP (See Confidentiality). There is a lot of help and information available for young people and their families - see videos, blogs, books, Apps and helplines at the bottom of this page.
If you are a young person who has realised they might have an eating disorder, have a look at some of the websites, videos, books and Helplines - there are some more for parents, some more for young people and some for both. It can be really hard to be ready to admit there is a problem and even harder to have the courage to do something about it . Even if you are not ready to make a change, it can be helpful to have someone to talk things over with so remember you are not alone and there is a lot of support out there for you.
I think my child might have an eating disorder
This page on YoungMinds is an excellent starting point here
How do I know if my child has an eating disorder?
Information on common symptoms, laxative use, over-exercising, bingeing and how to find help here
Advice on mealtimes
Advice for parents including mealtime tips and how to talk to your child.
Advice on what not to say to someone starting to recover from an eating disorder here (personal view on YoungMinds)