She was 11, with an eating disorder. It took her mum to figure it out

She was 11, with an eating disorder. It took her mum to figure it out

For nearly five months in late 2016 and early 2017, I had a sinking feeling that something was desperately wrong with my 10-year-old daughter, but the doctors and specialists we visited during that time didn’t have any answers. She was in a medical free fall: She couldn’t eat, was losing weight and her hair was falling out. But her only medical complaint was, “I’m nauseous.”

I’ve never been to medical school, but after doing a lot of research on her symptoms, I finally diagnosed Norah, my tennis-playing, Minecraft-building, school-loving daughter with a non-body-image eating disorder that began just before her 11th birthday. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition, which is why every parent needs to know our story.

 

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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