Make time away from food to enjoy each other’s company.
Liaise with school about work. Home study should be appropriate and not a cause of distress.
Be aware that unrealistic pressure on vulnerable young people can contribute to the development of an eating disorder.
Setting realistic expectations and creating a balance between work and leisure can help to prevent the development of an eating disorder.
Celebrate successes, even small successes, and accept the differences between siblings or friends.
Avoid discussing your own anxieties about food or body shape with your son or daughter.
Be aware of how young people use the internet. There are destructive websites available that can strongly influence the development and maintenance of eating disorders.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle
Encourage a healthy eating pattern that includes three main meals each day. Snacks between meals can help prevent fatigue and aid concentration, so encourage eating some food at least every 3 hours if your child is not already doing so.
If your child is finding it difficult to finish their meals, they may need support and encouragement
It is important that young people eat breakfast before leaving for school and have time to eat lunch. Encourage a packed lunch if there are lunchtime activities that prevent eating the meal provided at school.
Encourage the young person to drink at least 1.5 litres (3 pints) per day of any non-alcoholic fluid.
A balance between school and recreation is important.
Encourage exercise as part of a daily routine unless they are physically unwell.
Make sure that young people have sufficient sleep.
Useful questions to ask your child
Are you having problems at school that make it more difficult for you to eat?
Are you worried about anything?
Do you think that your worries are preventing you from seeing your friends?
Last updated: 12 March, 2019
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