Eating disorders are one of the significant widespread issue of the contemporary society. This discussion essay provides a comprehensive list of guidelines for people assisting youth to recognize, prevent and assist the youth who are suffering from eating disorders.
Recognizing tips for Eating Disorders
- Refusal to eat food with friends and family members
- Frequently eating alone and eating in small portions
- Denial of going to family gathering and isolating her/his self from family members
- Skipping meals without any reason
- Extremely concerned for maintenance of physique
- Emotionally sensitive towards trivial matters
- Exhibiting anxiety and depression
- Using weight loss products and medicines
- Issues with sleeping
Prevention Tips of Eating Disorders
- Pay close attention to the behavioral and emotional triggers exhibited by your teenager
- Pay attention and highlight the positive qualities of the teenager
- Try to instigate self-esteem and positivity within the teenager
- Try to avoid talking about the ideal body size and shape
- Never body sham someone or anyone in front of the teenager
- Promote healthy body image
- Encourage the teenager to eat with family members and follow healthy eating habits
- Share the dangerous consequences of excessive dieting
- Try to take the teenager to social gatherings and avoid him sitting in isolation
- Criticize and question the media messages such as advertisements, TV shows and movies which are promoting body objectification
- Apply for a personalized eating disorder prevention program for your teenager
- Consult a pshychologist for counselling sessions for the teenager
- Choose psychological therapaies or hospitalization if required
- Be regualar on the counselling sessions with your teenager and have proper follow-up
- Create a vision board for the teenager to visiolize his life goals to instigate motivation and self-esteem. The vision board will help the teenager to constantly remind him/her of his life goals. Furthermore, it will motivate the teenager
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