Are children who are raised with mixed eating diets (vegan and regular) at risk for eating disorders as teens and adults?
My friend’s teen-aged daughter eats vegan with her mother and eats meat and dairy when with her father. She was a normal, albeit slightly pudgy tween due to lack of enough DPA (daily physical activity), up until a year ago. After that time she went from a a size 12/14 girls (she was 12 at the time) to a size 8 or 10 ladies by last Christmas. She was caught several times lying about food (stealing it from the fridge and saying she didn’t) and hording candy and chips and hiding these from her mother and father. She was eating restaurant sized portions of food and then would say she was hungry an hour later. I would call these the first steps to a very serious issue with food that will most likely lead to an eating disorder. I am concerned for this child but need some facts and figures to back myself up with when I approach her parents. Help!