The Anorexia Diaries: A Mother and Daughters Triumph Over Teenage Eating Disorders by Linda RioLast night I asked my mom some questions about bulimia and anorexia. I thought for sure she would know what I was doing to myself. How could a mother not know the terrible things her daughter was doing?
Tara seems fine these last few days. The questions she asked me the other night scared me. But now I think shes just curious. Maybe one of her friends is having a problem with something.
Mother and daughter, living in the same house, yet at times it seems as though they are on different planets. Tara, growing obsessive about the way she looks, feels her mom no longer understands her. Linda, while concerned about the changes her teenage daughter is going through, is focused on making a career for herself as a family therapist. Neither knows how to reverse the terrible path that Tara is heading down.
Taras and Lindas side-by-side diaries of this difficult time, only shared with each other years later, show both sides of their maddening ordeal and inspiring victory to keep their family together.
In addition to sharing their actual diaries, Tara and Linda look back on the drama of those years to offer the wisdom and perspective that can only come with hindsight. Craig Johnson, Ph.D., an international leader in the research and treatment of eating disorders, offers useful advice and fascinating commentary on the Rios story to inform todays families who may be going through similar situations.
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Share this on:. Eating disorders are quite common : In the United States, an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer with one at some point in their lives, often during adolescence. But eating disorders are just as serious as they are widespread. The types of eating disorders include:. In girls, fat redistributes around the breasts, thighs, and hips. Before boys enter their growth spurt, they may experience chubbiness around the midsection.
As a parent, you want nothing more than happiness and health for your teen. Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys practice unhealthy weight control behaviors, like:. Those are scary statistics. Talking with your teen about eating disorders is a good place to start. Before you sit down to chat, you might want to read up a bit on eating disorders. There are three main types: anorexia , bulimia , and binge eating disorder.
Concerned about teen eating disorders? Know what contributes to teen eating disorders, the consequences of eating disorders and the best strategies for prevention. Eating disorders can take a devastating toll on teens — especially girls. To help protect your child, understand the possible causes of teen eating disorders and know how to talk to your son or daughter about healthy-eating habits. Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact health, emotions and the ability to function in important areas of life. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. The exact cause of eating disorders is unknown.
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Back to Eating disorders. If your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, here's what you can do to help.
As your child begins puberty, her body is going through a major growth spurt. Extra food gives her extra energy and nutrients to support this growth. Your child might also start changing his eating habits. There might be lots of reasons for this. When teenagers eat a wide range of foods from the five food groups , they get the nutrition they need for health, growth and development. This is about showing your child that healthy eating is important to you. Creating a healthy food environment If you have a healthy food environment in your family, it makes it easier for your child to make better choices.
Categories: Eating Disorders. There are 14 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. Method 1. Look for dramatic weight changes. Weight loss is common with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia. Weight may drop dramatically from the starting point, or drop below a healthy weight. Conversely, those with a binge-eating disorder will gain weight rapidly.