Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
Yes, it is tragic that your daughter has developed such a fear at her young, innocent age. It is extremely rare for a 5-year-old to develop a traditional eating disorder, but in your daughter's case, it seems quite plausible that the teasing she experienced from a peer has had a profound impact on her. I would say that her eating problems should be treated more within the ambit of treating a phobia. Given her age, I would suggest that you seek the professional help of a child psychologist, where the therapeutic treatment will use non-verbal methods to seek a way in which your daughter can feel safer both within herself, and in her relationship with food. The child psychologist would also be able to advise whether a dietician would be appropriate at this point. It might only be necessary for you to persist with encouraging your daughter to just eat sensibly and moderately, which includes eating some treats. Let me know where you live, and I might be able to recommend a child psychologist to you?
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