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Coming to terms with my 9-year-old’s eating disorder

Young girl overcomes eating disorder

I didn’t think my 9-year-old daughter was at risk for developing an eating disorder. She was not involved in any of the known “risk” sports like gymnastics, dance or ice skating. She wasn’t a child preoccupied with looks or thinness. In fact, she is kind of a tomboy, preferring sweats and t-shirts. And she did not consume a lot of pop culture.

But what I learned during our Family-Based Treatment (FBT) sessions with Dr. Melissa Freizinger at Boston Children’s Hospital, is that children who develop eating disorders often have an underlying (and possibly undiagnosed) mental health issue — commonly anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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