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I suspect my son may have an eating disorder

By Anonymous August 28, 2014 - 8:39am
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I have found signs of my 13 year old vomiting when not sick.
I am concerned as he seems pre-occupied with his weight and is also playing
football and needs to stay at a set weight.
I asked him about the vomiting and he was defensive.

How do I approach the topic and help him?

Thank you.

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern that your son may have an eating disorder.

As the mother of a son who played high school football, I am aware of the demands that a coach places on the players.

Vomiting in the absence of illness is a red flag. I think his defensive response is the second clue.

Encourage your son to open up to you. Approach him in a non confrontational manner. Pick a time when you are both alone and will not be disturbed. Put your arm around him and let him know that he is loved unconditionally. Wait for him to speak. Listen and keep your emotions in check. It may take several tries.

Explain that dieting can compromise his nutrition, growth and health.

If you think the football coach is placing unrealistic demands on your son and his health is being compromised, speak up. You have that right and your son's well-being is at risk.


August 28, 2014 - 9:16am
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