Every parent is worried about his child, that is how parenting goes, and we are never sure if we are worrying enough as there is always something new we learn about. One of the most common worries of a parent is his child’s eating, is he eating enough, is he eating too much, does he have a disorder, maybe anorexia, obesity, or something else.
Parents today are mostly well informed about eating disorders and most of the parents know what eating disorders are, what symptoms are for each one and how to help their child in such a situation. Most of you probably know about Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating or some of you may know even about Anorexia Athletica and Night Eating, but the truth is that media covered all of that and for some reason forgot about other, equally spread, types of eating disorder you can see anywhere.
You all heard about people who simply can’t help themselves and try to chew on anything, starting from chalk, paint, starch, glue and even cigarette ashes, that is also one type of eating disorders and it is called Pica. In most cases this is a mentally inherited disorder, but in some cases people can develop it, mostly poor families where children are neglected and basically have nothing to eat, with no supervision from the parents kids will put just about anything in their mouth.
One of the most feared types of eating disorders that has many bad effects on a person is Prader-Willi Syndrome. Prader-Willi Syndrome is developed at birth; the problem is with the brain, actually it is caused by a defect in the hypothalamus, which is the part that regulates hunger and in this case it makes a person never feel full, so they will eat and eat and eat every chance they get, they will eat anything they can get, starting from dog food to spoiled food.
Also, did you know that there is the total opposite of Anorexia called Bigorexia? In most cases people will Bigorexia can be found in bodybuilding circles, but that is because they are drawn to it. This is an eating disorder where a person needs; it has a need to gain more weight and always feels little, no matter how big the person is. Besides obesity which is common with this disorder most of the people suffer kidney failure and hormonal imbalances, which is all due to the steroids and additives they are taking in order to gain more muscle and more weight.
These are all severe eating disorders but you will most likely not hear about them because anorexia is somehow popular to talk about, so people forget about disorders that are as threatening as Anorexia or even more. Maybe it is the fact that those skinny models on TV constantly remind us of Anorexia so we talk about it so much. You need to understand that there are dozens of eating disorders, and before you jump to any conclusion by yourself and try to treat your kid at home you should take your child to a doctor that will establish a diagnose, after all, doctors do know best when it comes to medicine. Don’t try to be the smart guy by saying I know what it is and how to cure it, some things should be left to professionals, understand that you are responsible for your child. By not taking him to a doctor you are playing with his health and his life, which is not a gamble you can afford.