An early eating disorder diagnosis and subsequent intervention leads to better outcomes and a greater chance for full recovery, which is why it is so important for parents to act immediately if they suspect that their son or daughter may have an eating disorder.
There are a few things that parents should know: All eating disorder diagnoses can be serious, people with eating disorders can be in danger even if their blood/medical test results are normal, and it’s fairly common for people to “crossover” between different eating disorder diagnoses.
Below are some resources that can help parents in the area of diagnosis:
Diagnosis of an Eating Disorder
Importance of Early Identification and Intervention
Down the Rabbit Hole
Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder
How Do Eating Disorders Present in Males
Should You Be Concerned About Your Son
Eating Disorders Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Can FBT Strategies be Used for Early Eating Disorder Intervention and Prevention?
While clinicians are experts at eating disorders, parents are experts about their own child, which is why parents can (and should) play an active role in treatment.
F.E.A.S.T. believes that patients should receive evidence based treatment whenever possible.
Parents should be aware that at times, they may need to advocate for their child.
Here are some resources related to treatment:
Choosing a Treatment Provider
Choosing an Eating Disorder Treatment Center
Family Guide on US treatment choices (US specific)
Setting Target Weights in Eating Disorder Treatment
How and Why to Create a Growth Chart
What is Family Based Treatment
Treatment for Under 18’s in the UK
Everything You Need to Know About FBT
Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders
HAES and Eating Disorder Treatment
Available Treatments for ARFID
We Had No Team: We WERE The Team
Pharmacology and Eating Disorders
Experiencing Treatment as an Adult
Do Carers Need Skills or Support
Be in Charge, Be Informed, and Build a Team