Help Parents Detect EDs Early

I think we need to arm parents with information to help them detect eating disorders earlier. Specifically we need a parent education campaign to persuade them to continue tracking their child’s height and weight on the growth charts that are commonly used from birth to age three. If they track both height and weight every six months into the late teens, parents will see if their child is falling off their normal growth trajectory, long before they will observe significant weight changes. Had I been doing this with my daughter I would have had objective, tangible evidence that she had stopped growing, at her normal healthy rate, at least six months before she was diagnosed. It’s a simple, inexpensive tool that can identify potential health problems before they become full blown critical diseases. Here is an article on it: https://www.verywell.com/chart-prevent-eating-disorder-1138306, by Dr. Lauren Muhlheim.

~ Anne Marie Coolen

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