By James Lock MD PhD, Daniel Le Grange PhD
In the event that your teen indicates symptoms of getting an consuming illness, you could desire that, with the correct mix of affection, encouragement, and parental authority, she or he will simply "snap out of it." If in basic terms it have been that straightforward. To make issues worse, yes remedies suppose you will have one way or the other contributed to the matter and limit you from taking an energetic position. yet as you watch your individual teenager fight with a life-threatening ailment, each fiber of your being tells you there has to be a few half you could play in restoring your kid's future health. In support Your youngster Beat an consuming illness, James Lock and Daniel Le Grange--two of the nation's most sensible specialists at the remedy of consuming disorders--present compelling facts that your involvement as a father or mother is necessary. actually, it can be the main to conquering your kid's disorder. aid Your youngster Beat an consuming sickness presents the instruments you want to construct a united kin entrance that assaults the ailment to make sure that your baby develops nourishing consuming behavior and life-sustaining attitudes, daily, meal by means of meal. complete restoration takes time, and relapse is usual. yet no matter if your baby has already entered therapy or you are commencing to suspect there's a challenge, the time to behave is now. This ebook indicates how.
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CHAPTER 2 GET TOGETHER Everyone is confused. Bridget refused to eat with her family. Her mother told her father that Bridget was going through a phase. She just needed time to make her own decisions. Bridget’s father disagreed. He felt she was stonewalling the family and shouldn’t be treated differently from anyone else. Bridget’s sister was mad that she still had to eat dinner with her parents and little brother. Bridget’s little brother said he missed Bridget and asked how come she didn’t eat with them now.
She now exercises for 3 or 4 hours a day at increasingly intense levels. We like to say that the eating disorder is using your child’s characteristics (often great strengths) FIGURE 1. How an eating disorder overshadows your child’s true self. 40 GETTING STARTED against her. That’s one of the reasons it’s so hard for your child to battle the illness on her own—she’s fighting herself and her own determination, drive, perfectionism, and obsessiveness. This combination of your child’s characteristics and those of the eating disorder is confusing.
Examples of such behaviors include counting calories, restricting fat intake, fasting, skipping meals, restricting fluid intake, restricting meat and protein intake, 28 GETTING STARTED increased or excessive exercising, binge eating, purging behaviors (exercise, use of laxatives or diuretics), and using stimulants and diet pills (over-the-counter items, health food products, and illegal products). Adolescents who binge eat and purge usually go through a cycle leading to increasing frequency of dieting, followed by binge eating and compensatory purgation.