Anorexia nervosa: How to help your child at home

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Learn how you can support your child or teen as they recover from anorexia nervosa.

Key points

  • Anorexia affects the whole family and requires a range of steps at home to help your child recover and resume your family's normal routine.
  • Try to be a healthy role model in how you talk about your own appearance and your non-physical qualities.
  • Emphasize overall nutrition rather than fat or calories and limit your child's access to materials that focus on dieting or exercise.
  • Have someone sit with your child at every meal to supervise their eating. This is a vital part of recovery.
  • Be persistent and consistent in encouraging your child to eat a range of foods and avoid exercise as compensation.
Last updated: September 12th 2023