"I made her favorite pasta and she wouldn't take a bite." "All she'll eat is broccoli and fish." "Maybe she'll outgrow it."
These are among the typical concerns that I hear from parents whose child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. It seems so simple, "just eat!" I wish it were simple. In fact, eating disorders are a complicated mental illness that have biological, psychological and cultural influences. Dr. Laura Hill, chief clinical officer of the Center for Balanced Living, a clinic specializing in eating disorders in Columbus, Ohio, adeptly explains eating disorders and the importance of a meal plan in this TED TALK.
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.