As a parent of a teenage daughter or son, you will need to be alert to some of their needs because teenage is a transition period that is full of stress.
Remember, your child is undergoing a very tough transition and the challenges that they face are quite emotional and the way they would handle them is what makes a difference.
Some teenagers develop teenage eating disorder because they are reacting to some of the tough challenges that they are facing at the transition age. So, parents need to understand this so that they can offer them the right support. They are still your children.
Effects of teenage eating disorder
There are two types of teenage eating disorders that you child would suffer from. These are;
- Anorexia nervosa.
- Bulimia nervosa.
The teenagers would react differently when they discover that they have any of these disorders.
For the first type they would usually resort to a strict diet so that they cut on calories. In the second case, they would restrict their diets and whenever they realize that they have overfed, they would induce vomiting.
This is just a reaction to the disorder. It indicates how the teenagers would be hurt or would be unhappy with themselves when they realize that they realize that they have the teenage eating disorder.
They would develop even worse defiant behavior, they would be angry. The problem or the disorder is usually severe in teen girls than in boys.
The teens would blame it to TV watching and sometimes they even claim that it is from family lifestyles.
Helping teens facing the disorder
As parents, we have a major role to play in helping teens out of this problem. We can consider the following three practical ways of helping the teens out of the problem and see how it would go.
- Establish and execute healthy dietary and exercise plans that would involve your teenager so that they avoid the disorder.
- Ensure that you purchase strictly healthy foods in your home. These would include fruits, vegetables and salads.
- Never punish a teenager for having the teenage eating disorder. Instead, work with them to find a possible and practical way to curb the problem.
If you can manage to do this, you will have helped your teenager. They will be happy about themselves and they will avoid other risky life behaviors such as drugs and alcohol abuse.
You will not lose your beloved child by helping them out of a problem such as this.