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Caring for children to prevent eating disorders and child obesity?

Abstract: Child obesity and eating disorders in children are caused by parents not responding appropriately to their childrens needs.

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Caring for children to prevent eating disorders and child obesity?

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 05 Aug 2008.

Is it neglected children who get eating disorders and become overweight or obese? How can you care for children to prevent eating disorders and child obesity?


Also Parents who Only Mean Well Can Give their Children Eating Disorders

Investigations of the childhood of people with eating disorders does not indicate that they have been seriously neglected. Ordinary terms like "lack of love" do not help us to understand their problems. Those details which can be found are often very subtle.

The determining factor is whether the reaction to the child's needs was suitable or was only what the parents wrongly thought was the case. Something has gone wrong in those processes of experience and behaviour which surrounded the handling of food and other bodily needs. Initial faulty and confusing experiences have interfered with their ability to recognize hunger and satisfaction and to separate hunger (the desire to eat) from other unpleasant signals which did not have anything to do with lack of food, and from emotional stress caused by many different conflicts and problems.

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