The role of nutrition in promoting good health among teens was emphasized during the 2018 Boston Annual Nutrition & Health Conference. The conference discussed the importance of having a balanced diet and proper food nutrition in preventing illnesses, which includes eating disorders.
Eating disorders can significantly affect the health and well-being of teens, especially among girls. As a parent, you need to protect them from it.
With this in mind, here are some tips and advice to help you protect your teen from developing bulimia:
Know The Symptoms Of Bulimia
Prevention is better than cure, so you have to be wary of the symptoms of bulimia to prevent it before your child shows signs. The most common symptoms are:
- Usually having an average or low body weight but perceive themselves as overweight
- Constant binge eating, often in secret
- Self-induced throwing up
- Excessive exercise or fasting
- Strange eating habits that appear abruptly
Promote Healthy Eating Habits
Proper nutrition is critical to our health, appearance, and energy level. It would be best if you encourage your teen to eat whenever he or she feels hungry. It would also be helpful to explain why they shouldn’t deprive themselves of eating correctly.
One way to boost their appetite is to prepare meals that they like but are nutritious at the same time. You should also eat together as a family more frequently to model good eating habits and encourage them.
Develop Open Communication With Your Teen
Teenagers are exposed to different media that may influence their behavior, confidence, and personality. Television programs, movies, and social media platforms may send a wrong message to your teen. Talk to them about the media they consume.
Encourage A Healthy Body Image
To protect your child from bulimia, you have to convince him or her about the importance of proper eating habits in having a healthy body. It might not be easy, but it is essential to talk to your teen about self-image and reassure them that body shapes vary.
Seeking advice or a second opinion from other experts may help you detect if your child is at risk of having bulimia. Moreover, consulting with your teen’s doctor is vital for proper diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, he or she can refer your teen to a mental health provider.