Binge Eating Disorder
Next on our list of eating disorders in children is binge eating.
This condition is similar to bulimia because children often eat large amounts of foods in such a short period. Usually, they do this secretly, so others will not know how much they are eating.
The difference lies in the fact that kids with binge-eating disorder do not compensate for overeating. They do not force themselves to throw up, nor do they excessively perform regular physical activities.
Other signs and symptoms include:
- Consuming large amounts of food even when they aren’t hungry.
- Feeling guilty after binge eating.
- Weight gain or overweight.
Should your child binge eat at least once a week within 3 months, he or she may have binge-eating disorder.
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
And the last one of the eating disorders in children is avoidant restrictive food intake disorder or ARFID.
A child with ARFID typically does not have a poor body image and is not frightened of gaining weight. However, they don’t show interest in food and avoid it. Reasons for the avoidance vary, but it can be because:
- They don’t like the food’s smell, taste, color, or texture.
- They are scared that they will choke on food.
How Can Parents Intervene
Parents need to bring their children to the pediatrician should they observe signs of eating disorders in them. This is because an eating disorder is a serious mental health issue that needs medical attention.
Furthermore, unmanaged eating disorders in children can negatively impact the child’s physical and emotional health. For instance, anorexia can lead to heart problems like arrhythmias and low blood pressure. On the other hand, kids with bulimia may have low self-esteem and later have thoughts of hurting themselves.