Anorexia refers to an eating disorder in which the person loses appetite and suffers from starvation. It usually develops in adolescence or in initial stages of adulthood and is more prevalent in women.
Male population is also affected by the condition but the rates of affected men are much less alarming. Tweens and teenagers are more susceptible to the eating disorder and for a parent, it is essential to deal with anorexia in their children to prevent development of serious health disorders.
A parent must be vigilant to notice the developmental signs of anorexia in their children. In case your child wears many layers of clothing and yet suffers from being cold, it can be a sign of anorexia.
Other signals of anorexia include disturbance in the menstruation cycle, skipping of meals, developing fear of putting on weight, compulsive exercising to lose weight and wearing baggy clothes by the child.
Dealing with anorexic children requires tactfulness on the part of the parent. If you will confront your child about their self-starvation to lose weight, there are chances that the situation may become tough to handle. Instead follow a lenient approach and express your concern about the child’s physical and emotional health.
Be patient and calm and ask your child if anything is bothering him. Do not press the issue on your child and handle the situation tactfully. You may be stressed with the self-starving tendency of your child but forcing your child can create tension and worsen the situation.
Consulting a family physician for dealing with the problem of anorexia in your child can prove beneficial. However if your physician is unable to give effective results, it is recommended to consult a professional therapist to weed out the problem from its roots.
But keep in mind that the process will take time and the problem cannot be overcome in a day or two. If the condition is getting too serious, your physician may suggest putting the child in a treatment center where the condition can be monitored and handled effectively.
Anorexia is usually triggered due to some traumatic experience or memory which troubles the child. It is an act of countering feelings that may be causing agitation to the child or an act of getting back at the parent for something that the parent failed to do.
Family support and participation are inevitable to help a child in overcoming anorexia. A parent should encourage the child at all times to make the recovery quick and effective.