Can an 8 year old boy be anorexic???

Shannintipton - posted on 07/31/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son never wants to eat. He always says he is not hungry. Please advise. Getting worried. I guess the next step is to the doctor.

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Sherri - posted on 07/31/2011

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We had to do that for quite a while for the pediatrician. It also helped make them aware at how much or how little they are truly consuming in a day as well.

Shannintipton - posted on 07/31/2011

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No. No I dont want that at all. I am going to keep a food log of all that he eats and the amounts starting tomorrow. I think it will be interesting to see if his little sister out eats him. Which I think she does. :(

Sherri - posted on 07/31/2011

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Be very cautious my son is now 12 and has not gained 1 single pound in 4 years. He weighs the EXACT same as he did when he was 9. It sounds like a mirror image situation as to what your son is doing. So PLEASE really keep an eye on it and stay diligent. You do not want to end up where we are now with a 12yr old who only weighs 78lbs and is outweighed by most of his fellow 7th graders this past year by at least 40lbs.



3 yrs ago he was 65% for weight he now has dropped to barely the 25% for weight.



We seem to finally be at the point now after 4yrs that he seems to be on the road to recovery and I can finally go to bed at night without sobbing.

Jodi - posted on 07/31/2011

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Shannin, if this is only recent, it may be that he has been through a growth spurt, and now he has finished, so he won't want to eat as much. You are probably used to feeding him a truckload, and now all of a sudden he just isn't as hungry any more because he has stopped growing for a bit. My kids go through peaks and troughs with their appetites. Although I DO have to say the 14 year old has had a bottomless stomach for a couple of years now, LOL.

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Shannintipton - posted on 07/31/2011

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He seems really thin to me. He only eats tiny portions. And he is very picky. Which I absolutely hate. I noticed it in a picture of him. It was scary. He does eat healthy food. He loves salads and carrots and many fruits. I almost want to shove tons of ice cream in him just to fatten him up a little. I like the healthy snacks idea too. Thanks :)

Kelina - posted on 07/31/2011

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is he gaining weight or losing it? I agree it's probably that he simply doesn't want to take the time to eat so maybe leaving healthy snacks out all the time would be a good way to go

Shannintipton - posted on 07/31/2011

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Brilliant idea Sarah. I do think he would rather play then eat. I did notice during school he would rather eat then do homework. Maybe I should print some homework sheets for him to do daily. I just may give that a try. Thanks Sarah :)

User - posted on 07/31/2011

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It is possible, but would be quite unusual in a child that age. Does he have other issues relating to self esteem? Is he being bullied or anything stressful like that? Equally some children don't want to spend a lot of time eating as they consider it boring compared to other stuff they want to do. Before you take him to a doctor I would suggest keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks and write in literally every mouthful he has. That way you can see whether he is eating an adequate amount and you also have something definite to show the doctor.

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