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    An_251032 posted:
    My 5 yr old grandaughter has been having problems witheating lately. She always says her stomach hurts and goes to the bathroom as soon as she smells the food, and if after 2 times of trying to poop, thenext thing we know she is throwing up. Can there be a such thing as a child that is 5 and will be 6 at the end of July, have a eating disorder already? I am at a loss and so is her dad. Any advice would really help.
    alloen responded:
    yes, it is entirely possible your granddaughter has an eating disorder.

    it's guessed that my own eating disorder began at age eight or so, and was ignored by my parents because they were in denial. they were recommended by family, friends, and doctors multiple times throughout my life to have me evaluated, but they refused to listen. i'm nineteen now, and after nearly losing my life three years ago, i'm still stuck. the most important thing when it comes to recovery is early intervention --especially in children and teens.

    i've seen girls her age hospitalized, talked to them, and watched them have to be forcibly tube fed --and it's the most heartbreaking thing i've ever experienced. please, get her help.

    if you'd like, email me at --i could send you plenty of resources for helping her, finding treatment, and we could talk about her more, too.

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