Common types of eating disorders in children may include:
Pica: A condition where the child consumes inedible or non-nutritious substances such as dirt, soap, chalk, ice, and hair. Pica is a dangerous condition and could even be fatal if toxic substances or sharp objects are consumed.
Anorexia Nervosa: A condition where a child is obsessed with their food intake and severely restricts the quantities of food they consume.
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID): The child might have a sensory aversion to a particular food or a lack of interest in food. They might not want to swallow particular food or fear getting physical illnesses because of certain food.
Psychological therapy is important when it comes to treating eating disorders. Therapy can help with unpacking deep-rooted emotional and psychological factors that may be influencing eating behaviour, as well as with strategies and tools to modify unhealthy eating behaviours.