It's Lori here from The Body Image Counseling Center and I'd like to applaud you for taking the first step to getting help for your child's eating disorder by visiting this website and searching for the right information to help your child recover from a dangerous eating disorder. I’m concerned, however, that you may be feeling ashamed or guilty despite your best efforts to help them.
Many of the parents who come to me at the Body Image Counseling Center somehow feel that they've done something wrong, that it's their fault their child is suffering from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating.
Let me reassure you, the fact that your child has an eating disorder does not make you a bad parent. On the contrary, you are seeking help for your son or daughter. You care. And to me, that makes you a good parent. A loving, concerned and involved parent.
I know parenting can be very hard, particularly these days when we are no longer surrounded by family in the sort of tight-knit communities of previous generations. There are a lot more pressures on your children too. Pressures that can too often lead our young people to develop eating disorders.
As a parent you probably feel exposed and alone. There is a problem with your child and you don't know how to fix it.
That's pretty much how you'd feel if your car broke down in the middle of nowhere when you were on a long trip.
What do you do? You could lift the hood and poke around a bit hoping something would make it work but you're not likely to have much success unless you know a lot more about car mechanics than I do.
No, you wouldn't do that; you'd call a mechanic to come fix it.
Is it a sign of weakness to call a mechanic to a broken car?
Of course not! It makes sense. You'd never be able to fix it poking around in the engine getting nowhere whereas a good mechanic could have the car running smoothly again in just a few short hours.
Your child's body and mind are a bit like that auto engine – they’re complicated, they’re sensitive, and they need the right treatment to get well.
When your child is suffering from an eating disorder, her body and mind are not running as smoothly as they should. And just like it's not a sign of weakness to call a mechanic for the car, it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help to get your child's body and mind working properly again.
Don't struggle any longer trying to fix your child's eating disorder. Seek out the right help and help her get better quickly. And remember, you can schedule a free 15 minute consult or schedule an appointment for your child right now if you’d like to talk to me more about your family’s situation. I will give you my full attention and expert advice. Just click here to schedule, or call 904-737-3232, and I will be in touch right away to help.
Yours as another concerned parent,