Eating disorders typically begin during the teenage years and eating disorders have increasingly been identified in children under the age of 12. Many times, parents first notice attempts at dieting, or notice their child has either lost weight or has not gained appropriate weight at pediatrician appointments. In some cases, a child may show an increased interest in eating “healthy” foods or start exercising regularly, which may initially be seen as a positive change. Over time, however, these changes may become more rigid and physical and psychological growth can be stunted. Eating disorders that are identified early can be treated most effectively. As a parent, if you wonder whether your child might be developing an eating disorder, it is important to discuss your concerns with a professional.