By Lauren A., GalTime.com
Do you know if your child is dealing with a silent battle?I read a report that more than half-a-million U.S. teens have had an eating disorder. But I'm not going to rattle off all the scary statistics, instead I can offer personal insight.
The first time I ever thought about my weight is when I was seven years old. I was watching the Disney Channel. I don't remember the name of the movie, but it was about a teenage ballerina who starts purging to lose weight. I know it was supposed to raise awareness against eating disorders, but I only took away the concept that I could be fat.
I didn't immediately start watching my weight, but I saw myself differently. I had to be skinnier than all the other girls. I started looking at nutritional labels in the grocery store for the number of calories. One time a middle-aged women noticed, and complimented me for learning such good-eating habits at an early age.
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