Kalley - posted on 06/25/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )
Hi. I'm Kalley, and I am not a mom. In advance I would like to thank you for reading this or even responding. I'm 18 years old and I have three little sisters; ages 15, 13, and 12. We live with my father, who is an alcoholic, and is incapable of raising my sisters. But that isn't the issue right now.
Food is scarce around here. We don't eat meals as a family. Dinner or lunch is usually microwave popcorn or something equally as nutritious.
I worry about my sisters a lot. I have an eating disorder myself (anorexia), and the youngest is starting to show signs of developing one. For now it's binge eating disorder, but that can turn into bulimia real fast.
She eats in secret. She puts salt and butter or sugar on everything. If you make a comment about what she's eating, she'll become embarrassed and angry. She doesn't have friends at school. Her portions are out of control. For lunch today she ate 11 (!) scoops of ice cream. She hides pop or junk food under her bed.
I'm not really sure what to do. I think our parents' divorce affected her the most, since it happened at a very important part of her development. Family life has never been stable but since the divorce it has ceased to exist altogether. I'm worried about her mental health the most.
How would you deal with this situation, or does it even need to be addressed? Thanks again