xdolliejox asks:

5 year old girl with an eating disorder?

My 5 year old daughter will not eat. She has a few bites breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mealtimes have become battles. She makes comments like Skinny is prettier. What do I do???
In Topics: Physical Health, Nutrition
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Oct 30, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Pay attention. Start by eliminating TV in the daytime where the ads are all about "thin". Don't fight over food, but don't enable bad habits. At five, she can only eat what you buy or have at home. Stress breakfast. Explain all types of pretty and beautiful. Ask her why she feels thin is pretty.  If she starts to practice food avoidance, try calorie dense foods. It might help speak with your pediatrician for advice.

good luck.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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