Might Your College Student Have an Eating Disorder? How to Tell, What to Do

December 12, 2014 9:48 PM

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If you're feeling uneasy and concerned that your college-age daughter or son might have an eating disorder, this is a perfect time to think the problem through and figure out whether help might be needed. A pattern we eating disorder therapists see (often too late to be of much help) is calls from parents in late December, reporting they felt something wasn't right at Thanksgiving but weren't sure whether they should say anything.

Typical scenarios go like this. A college kid previously of average size either lost or gained a lot of weight or seems suddenly obsessed with calorie-counting and body image. Perhaps he or she was sketchy about meals or eating in general -- showing up late or not at all, saying "I'm not hungry" or ...

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