My daughter is 14 years old and gone from a healthy size 8 to a certainly not tight size 6 in the last couple of months.
She loves clothes but i have stressed i will never buy size 4 clothes, not that i have ever really, thankfully, seen this size to buy.
It started as wanting the so called 'thigh gap'.
She never weighs herself, I feel sure of this as the only scales are in my bathroom which she never goes in and they are never moved.
Breakfast: She eats a healthy diet of porridge or bran flakes with lots of fruit. Often scrambled egg too.
Lunch: is usually a couple of pieces of fruit.
Evening meal: usually fresh fish or lean meat with lots of different salad items and all sorts of nuts added.
No eating after tea which cannot be later than 6pm, never any bread, potatoes but maybe once a week a small amount of pasta or rice but it is a small amount.
She will allow herself one cup of milky coffee a day.
She will not look at a biscuit or piece of cake.
She is always cold but doesn't really seem tired.
Her skin is lovely and clear and her hair is very thick and glossy.
She has recently joined a gym which she attends twice a week with her much older sister.
Her dad is very worried about her as she does look very thin but I try to be more positive about it and try to reason that she will get a happy balance with it eventually. I also admit to telling her that what she is eating is very healthy but she needs to add
a few more calories, particularly the carbohydrate kind. The last thing I want is for her to feel I'm on her back about it.
For this last week she has voluntarily been writing all her food down at the request of her dad to make a diary of her intake and she has agreed to let her dad take this list to a nutritionist to run through it and see if there are any areas which need tweaking to maintain a healthy diet for a 14 year old girl. She is even now considering going with him after initially stating she wouldn't. This is because she feels certain there is no area to tweak.
I mention it is her dad who is doing this as I didn't want to really make a big deal of her diet at this stage, optimistically hoping she would eventually succumb to a sandwich or piece of cake but at this moment in time it doesn't look like she will be doing that any time soon.
Now I realise there is some issue with her food and appearance but is this Anorexia? It's not as though she's not wanting to eat as she is, it's just that it's only certain foods and at certain times.
Any advise is much appreciated and my apologies for this post being so long.