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I am worried about my child’s eating behaviours, what can I do?

There are many types of eating issues. Whether you’re worried about your child’s unusual eating habits, a healthy diet “gone too far”, weight or body image issues, these may be signs that can indicate a problem.

If you suspect that your child has a problem trust that feeling. This is really important because your child may appear just fine on the outside.

Contact your doctor if you think your child is struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder. The doctor can do an assessment and may decide to keep an eye on your child's health with scheduled office visits.

If needed, they can refer you to an eating disorders program within your community. To see a list of Eating Disorders programs by community, visit the Kelty Eating Disorders website Program Locator.

The Kelty Eating Disorders website has information about:

  • different types of eating disorders,
  • key signs and symptoms,
  • treatment options in BC,
  • suggestions for next steps.

You can connect with us at the Kelty Centre to point you towards resources and talk to a parent peer support worker. For anyone over age 14, anywhere in Canada, online peer support is offered by the Looking Glass Foundation.

Featured Resource:

Eating Disorders Prevention, Early Intervention & Peer Support in BC

Kelty Podcast: Eating Disorders - How Parents Can Play an Active Role in Recovery

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