Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Worried Mom | 2009-03-09

Q.

Possible eating disorder??

One of my twin girls (now 10 years) are not eating at school although she used to enjoy her samies. I make sure that they get a proper breakfast in the morning and try to be creative with their lunch boxes. She just stopped eating whatever I put in for lunch and when they get home, she’ s still not hungry and then only eats at night. There are no sweets in my house and they get a “ treat”  once a week which she most of the time also doesn’ t eat. She has lost some weight but over a period and doesn’ t look unhealthy but I’ m still worried about her eating habits. Is this normal? I’ m now “ forcing”  her to eat lunch at home and if she wants to, she takes a fruit to school but nothing else. I’ m not forcing her to take a lunch box to school. Please help me. I’ m really worried that she has some kind of eating disorder. She also claims that none of her friends called her a “ fatty”  or made any mention of her weight. She weighs 37 kg and is 1.40 m long.
Thanks in advance

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your daughter's height and weight are slightly above the average for her age but are in balance. She is just a bit taller than average and her weight is correct for her height.She is obviously not over-eating. She appears to be a happy and healthy young girl. It may be 'fashionable' not to eat lunch at school or the girls may just be too busy playing to remember to eat their lunch. Do not force her to eat her lunch. She is eating her other meals well so there is no evidence of an eating disorder.

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Posted by: tee | 2009-03-10

my daughter now 15 months still hasnt slept right thru the night, i give her a balanced meal,but she just nibbles and at night she wakes up more than 5 times between 8pm till 6am she would have sucked up to 4-5 bottles,please advise i' m really starting to freak out,is there something i' m not doing right..

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