Six Signs of Trouble
1. She's constantly looking in the mirror or running her hands over her body. Sometimes referred to as "body checking," it's a way for children to monitor their weight-loss progress without stepping on the scale.
2. He is frequently constipated. Gut function slows down with your metabolism when you starve your body, says Dr. Ovidio Bermudez.
3. She won't stop moving. This can range from compulsive exercise to simply fidgeting in a chair. The child's goal is to burn calories at all times.
4. She suddenly becomes a vegetarian. Many anorexic children will use this as an excuse to restrict themselves from cerrtain food groups.
5. She doesn't get her period. You may chalk this up to your child being an athlete. But if your daughter enters her teen years without a period or has an irregular cycle, be sure to monitor her growth on the weight chart closely with your pediatrician. Most girls start to menstruate between ages 10 and 15, with 12 being the average age.
6. She checks out "thinspiration" or "pro-ana" websites. The sites continue to crop up, despite advocates' efforts to ban them, and have tips for starvation plus photos of scary-thin celebs.