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How can I talk to my daughter about her depression, anxiety and problems with overeating?
My nine year old daughter has been hiding food in her bedroom and sneaking snacks, eating food off of other dinner plates when she is cleaning up after dinner. It's an issue that her dad has seen when she is with him over at his house. I clearly feel that what she is doing is emotional eating- but I'm not sure how to work with her and talk with her about it. I believe she was about 100lbs at her last Doctor visit -6 months ago) for her age and height 4'3. Her Dad insists it's more about promoting healthy eating (and yet has the "junk" available at his house). She gets extremely nervous if she thinks she is in trouble with him. And when she is with him, she has a tendancy to isolate herself in her room. Luckily, we have a fantastic Nanny whose eyes are open to much of what is going on when she is at her Dads house. I want to be able to talk with her about it directly in a way that won't make her feel like she is in trouble, or help her learn some new skills for dealing with what appears to be anxiety and depression...(a therapist is out of the question since her Dad will not sign the co-consent form). My heart is just breaking for her that she might feel so much pain inside. She is an amazingly sweet and generous child.