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How to Help Kids With Eating Disorders

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

February 22, 2022

Eating disorders are among the most serious, and misunderstood, mental health issues. And the common stereotype associated with eating disorders — painfully thin young women — doesn’t show the whole picture. In reality, not everyone who has an eating disorder appears underweight, and it’s not just girls who experience them. But most importantly, without treatment, they can be very dangerous.

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re rounding up resources from childmind.org on spotting the signs of eating disorders and getting kids the help they need. We have an overview of the most common kinds of disorders as well as guidance on supporting college students, who are at especially high risk. Plus, information on atypical anorexia and ARFID, two lesser-known eating disorders that can be easy to miss.

Related Resources

What Are the Different Kinds of Eating Disorders?

How to recognize the most common ones.


What Is an Eating Disorder and When to Worry

Signs that your teen might be on an unhealthy path.


Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders

The parents’ role in helping children return to a healthy weight.


College Students and Eating Disorders

Why the first years away from home are a perfect storm for anorexia and bulimia.


What Is Atypical Anorexia Nervosa?

Dangerous weight loss without being under-weight.


What Is ARFID?

How to recognize (and treat) avoidant restrictive food intake disorder.