For a parent it can be difficult to understand how their young son or daughter developed anorexia or bulimia or became obese. Most parents don’t typically intend to knowingly cause issues for your kids. But in working with teens with eating disorders and their parents it’s interesting to see how many times parents aren’t tuned in to the messages that are being given to their child.
Tonight I’ll be interviewing author, teacher, poet and all-round great story teller Rayni Joan for our Learn2Balance VIP Connection series. Rayni will share some of what she has learned about how to balance her life. Like many of us, Rayni had her share of struggles in life. But she has turned her struggles into opportunity and is now sharing her story to enlighten and inspire people just like you about ways you can follow in her footsteps.
I recently connected with Andrea Roe a fellow eating disorder survivor and author. In reading her book, You Are Not Alone (co-authored by my friend Shannon Cutts) this poem reached out to me. I’ve written recently about the effects on the family and how difficult it is for them to understand eating disorder behavior.
I was contacted recently by Deb Beaulieu a fellow blogger and member of Parents Who Click. She struggled with an eating disorder in her life and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed on her blog. She did a great job of asking interesting questions and has a great blog. Here’s an excerpt.
The bombshell drops. Your precious little girl or boy has an eating disorder. For some parents they suspect and have to figure out how to confront their child. For others, they are blissfully unaware until their child confides in them. 85% of eating disorders start between the ages of 13-20.