Here’s how to get your kids to eat well and avoid eating disorders

A friend’s 8-year-old daughter packs her own lunch for school. One day, her dad noticed that lunch consisted of a single cherry tomato, one slice of apple and one spoonful of yogurt. When asked, the child replied that she didn’t think she’d be hungry at school.

My friend wanted to know: Was this the beginning of problem eating?

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating most commonly emerge during the adolescent years, says Claire Mysko, the chief executive of the National Eating Disorders Association. “But we’re hearing about younger and younger cases,” she says.

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