My 10 year old sister think she is fat although she is underweight, is it anorexic?

So my little sister barely eats at all. She is 10 and she is still wearing a size 7 in clothes and she's very small for her age. Maybe eats once a day and when she does eat she will take about 3 bites and say she's full. It doesn't matter what she's eating, whether she likes the food or not she will not eat. Just wondering what you all suggest? And no it isn't a parenting issue or anything along those lines. She will also tell me she thinks she's fat when she's clearly underweight. Is she anorexic? Does she have a stomach bug??? I'm worried about her

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Protien shacks

Sabrina Lake
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I have a nutribullet and I've tried that and she likes them but will barely drink any either

Sam Rivas 3 years

Do you think she could have a eating disorder

Sabrina Lake 3 years

That's what I'm worried about. I didn't think people could have them at such a young age but she is so skinny and thinks she's fat and she's definitely too skinny.

Sam Rivas 3 years

It's mental. Get her help. The comment "she thinks she is fat" says it all.

Isabella Stephens 3 years

kids are not kids anymore schools are harsh kids are mean you may want to look in to that

Sabrina Lake 3 years
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You need to get her mental health check. Girls and boys are starting eating disorders earlier and earlier.

Salena Flowers
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Sounds like beginnings of eating disorder

Elise Dawkins
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It's not a stomach bug if it's ongoing. It sounds like an eating disorder. Try talking to her, I would suggest at her age making her go to some therapy, or a support group. She may not open up immediately, but it will help if she is willing. Try boosting her confidence as well, don't point out what she's doing wrong. Compliment what she's good at, her successes, and don't put a ton of emphasis on appearance. But definitely get her help before it's too late.

Ali Brock
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I always tell her she looks great and that what other people think don't matter. It just breaks my heart that she's already insecure about herself

Sam Rivas 3 years

A zinc deficiency can cause this.. I suggest looking into that

Krista Matos
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Counseling and a mental health check

Sue Voss
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Definitely mental health eval by a psychiatrist. Sounds like an eating disorder.

Monica Proctor
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Psychiatrist s are nothing but drug pushers and the most dangerous pharmaceuticals at that.

Cricket Freeman 3 years

Cricket Freeman totally agree

Michelle Keenan 3 years

She has self image problems and a eating disorder. Your best bet is to get her to see a psychologist.

Stephanie Hamlin
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She probably needs to go to a hospital, there was a young girl in when I went at 16. At lunch they would sit with her and watch her eat

Fallon Dempsey
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Whole milk and peanut butter if she's picky?

Lisa Mullins
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Do an overall health mental and physical check. Most likely eating disorder in it's early stages but you never know.

Kayla Foote
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Are her height and weight proportionate to each other? My nephew is small too. He is 8 years old wearing a size 4 in clothes but he is also short as is his mother, as long as the height and weight are proportionate and the child is steadily growing it is fine even though they are small.

Diane Flanagan
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Me and her are pretty short like my mom but she's still small even with her height.

Sam Rivas 3 years

If her height and weight are unproportionate there would be a concern for example if her height is in the 50th percentile but her weight is in the 3rd that would be an issue but if the percentiles are close to each other then it wouldn't be a concern.

Diane Flanagan 3 years

My nephew also only eats small amounts of food at a time but he will eat many times throughout the day.

Diane Flanagan 3 years

Vitamins, good quality organic ones.

Patricia Walton
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This sounds like an eating disorder. PLEASE help her through this before it impacts her health.
What she is saying and how she is behaving just SCREAMS eating disorder.
This is speaking as someone who suffered for 10+ years with an eating disorder and who still struggles to this day.
This is not to be taken lightly.

Diann Pittman
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I totally agreed with diann

Ishah Finch 3 years

Agreed. I was like that at that age. I wish someone had known and stepped in and helped me.

Kasia Bell 3 years

It's not necessarily an eating disorder. You need to ask her WHY she doesn't eat. The treatment depends on the answer.

Esther Noble
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the child says she thinks she's fat. Thats a problem

Cathy Saunders 3 years

Its not what it looks like too you. I know my son said he was getting fat but not at all totally opposite. But her insides sounds like she has gut damage. That will make a child to eat less she sounds like she needs probiotics. My son goes thru this too to find out it what they eat that causes this.... I allways have to cut the capsule and put it in apple sauce. Because he has trouble swallowing the pill whole. You need a healthy gut and healthy digestive system. For her too start to eat again... İt's amazing to watch them transform back too eating after been on this.. I give him it once a day...

Donna Hayden
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What brand do you use i have a son that barely eats because hes a picky eater i am trying to give him something that can either substitute what hes not eating or make him eat more

Tearenea Pugh 3 years

I give him proBio 5 I got my own business in health and wellness. With plexus worldwide. Tearenea Pugh. I know wholefoods might also sell children probtics if you got one near too you...

Donna Hayden 3 years

ok i have one near me cause i got to get thatunder control

Tearenea Pugh 3 years

. If you need more advise you can message me .. I love the proBio 5 my self it save me. Everyone should be taking probotics ..happy gut and happy digestive system makes a healthy life.

Donna Hayden 3 years

ok i will be inboxing you soon look for a friend request

Tearenea Pugh 3 years

Damn influence of Disney channel

Kat Deal
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Best wishes to you... And your sister. Prayers

Donna Hayden
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Maca root can kick up your appetite naturally

Kat Deal
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My daughter is same age and wears size 7 or 8. She's naturally petite though as her dad and I were both skinny growing up. Although, people assume that she doesn't eat - it's quite opposite and she loves to eat. If your little sister thinks she's fat, maybe see about someone who can talk to her. My daughter at one point said she didn't want to be fat but I've mentioned that she probably wouldn't have that problem for awhile.

Joy Meyer
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Idk many kids have body image issues apart from and eating disorder and some kids/people just eat less and are smaller how is she otherwise? Happy? Social with friends etc?

Jessica Pope
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Wait. Is this a new thing? Ten year old girls say stuff like that a lot. If the eating small is new, it could be a growth spurt & should last a couple of weeks. She might ache, be crank, and be tired. If this has been going on for more than a week or two, I would have a talk with her guardians/parents & go from there. Anorexia is no joke, but from where I sit it could be something more simple too.
Best wishes ♡

Tara Stone
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My 11yo could fit in a 7 if it was longer, btw. She eats like a pig. Everybody's different.

Tara Stone 3 years

She's always been small but she keeps getting skinnier. She's always eaten less than most kids I guess but lately it's gotten more noticeable. Christmas dinner she put a pile of potatoes and green bean casserole on her plate (each literally the size of a quarter) and that was it...

Sam Rivas 3 years

Yah that sounds like anorexia hun

Meggan Krause 3 years

Sami Rae Niswander please take her to a therapist or psychiatrist. I was like that as a child. Sounds like an eating disorder (EDNOS or anorexia) and possible body dysmorphic disorder.

Kasia Bell 3 years

Wishing you guys the best! Good thing is you caught it early and can support her through it.

Kasia Bell 3 years
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Hard to say her comments sound like could be the start of something bad. But as a kid I never ate either. My nickname was Bird because I ate like a Bird.. Lol I grew out of it tho..

Angela Dodson
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Eating disorder big time. By thinking she looks fat when she is extremely underweight is the biggest sign. Though she may really may not feel hungry and doesn't want to eat. Because of health issues I am usually only hungry once a day. I know that I need to eat more. If she doesn't think that it is just an eating disorder and nothing on top of that. If she doesn't start eating more the greater the chances of her being really overweight later in life. Maybe just start jet of with veggies because they are low calorie and she won't feel so fat for eating.

Maddi Avery
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Veggies are also the most nutrient dense

Meggan Krause 3 years

My thoughts as well! I think in trying to give her body the nutrients is better over caloric intake. That will come later.

Maddi Avery 3 years

Also thinking about kids getting periods at an early age maybe that???

Angela Dodson
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It's a mental issue. Nothing will matter until she gets her mind right. I struggled for so long

Sapphire Rainey
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Yes. This. So much this. It is a MENTAL issue. It's not a defect. It's not due to parenting or a deficiency. It's a mental issue. She needs help Please help her.

Diann Pittman 3 years

Exactly

Sapphire Rainey 3 years

Pediasure

Jennifer Katz
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That shit is pure garbage. Have you read the ingredients????

Diann Pittman 3 years

Sugar trap

Sabrina Lake 3 years

I hope you find the answers to help her! My 5 yr old son will not eat he runs when he sees us with plates of food and tell us the food stinks even if it's pizzas or brownies or steaks or potatoes or spaghetti or veggies the only thing he wants is Chocolate milk or yogurt or chips with melted cheese or peanut butter with crackers

Jennifer Oakley
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I'd take her to a dietician

Tiffany Moser
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this is not an eatting disorder this is a mental disorder. There is a difference. My little sister was the same way. Skinny pretty but thought she was fat. İ wouldnt take her to a dietician or a kid doc. İ would take her to a counslor.

Cypress Stroud
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Yes she's anorexic. I had this but I grew out of it. I would not eat when I was that age for fear of being fat and when I looked in the mirror the image did not match up with reality. Give lots of love and lots of encouragement to eat for health... When not eating properly there are probably lots of deficiencies and such. Please seek a nutritionist or holistic/integrative doctor. A counselor too. She needs physical and mental help.

Becky Berger
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This may be something more then an eating disorder. I have a daughter who for 7 of her 9 years will only eat cheese. Mac n cheese, grilled cheese, anything with cheese. This year her teachers an I discovered she has sensory disorder. She will tell me she likes something. But wont eat it because of its consistency. It takes an occupational therapist to diagnose. Usually linked with other issues. I'm just learning about this. Wish I had more info.

Cathyann Camp
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I'm a occupational therapy assistant, it could be this but the comments about being fat makes me think it's mental image more

Sheila Lovett 3 years

I was that way as a kid. Never ate much, even into my teens. Was pretty small. I was really active though. My mom always worried about being sick or anorexia. It was neither. I started eating more into my late teens. Hard to say for her though. Just keep an eye on her.

Dee Benson
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tell her you found a new word called nutrition and tell her it makes her prettier,

Leslie Geiger
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My daughter was the same at around 12 years. She ended up in hospital for two years (eating disorder unit). Please get help now before it takes a grip. X

Debbie Lunsford
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My 11 yr old wears a 7 and is 54# but she eats and she doesn't think she is fat. I would very much be concerned with her mental image of herself, does she hear other pple say they are fat? Has she always not eaten?

Sheila Lovett
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I was the same way as a child. I would drink Pediasure and eventually Ensure for weight gain.

Imani Nickerson
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At only 7., I think I would try teaching her more about food and nutrition and health and incorporate her to help me in the kitchen daily. Often kids who prepare their own food will eat better. I was anorexic as a kid ( never really knew what it was until later in life). I do believe it's prob a mental thing but I also think it can be more damaging to put more emphasis on something when a child is so young. I wondered a few times about my son now 11 as he was growing between ages 6-9 because he went through peaks and valleys of not eating much at times. He was also always a picky eater and getting him busy in the kitchen has always been helpful in many ways and since I pulled him from public school he's also doing much better health wise. Sometimes it's stress- but I find my kids always tend to try more foods and eat a little better if they are more engaged in the cooking or food prep process. Good luck and try not to worry so much all kids are different and develop differently too and go through stages.

Catherine Diaz
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She's ten

Diann Pittman 3 years

She has an eating disorder

Krysten Bellamy
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Well there was a time that my daughter was not eating well and the doctors in my country sent her a liquid vitamin, it open up her appetite and she was eating well after.

Patricia Walton
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She is either anorexic or on her way to being. Body dysmorphia is a mental condition often with deep seeded psychological turmoil. I suggest getting her help and a therapist sooner than later. Something may be at the root of it, and unfortunately with anorexia it is often sexual abuse/assault that is the trigger. I'm not saying this is the case, but if it is, she will need help to deal

Kris Cantrell
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Definitely never had any sort of sexual abuse happen to her.

Sam Rivas 3 years

Everyone I know that's been sexually abused has never had an eating disorder and everyone that I know that's had an eating disorder has never been sexually abused so not really sure what you're basing that off of.

Sam Rivas 3 years

Most of the incidences of eating disordered people I knew were assaulted or abused at one point. I used to correspond with many long ago, and about half of them had from the ones I knew but that was a higher number than the average. Also, there is this: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/sites/default/files/ResourceHandouts/TraumaandEatingDisorders.pdf It is estimated 30% of people with eating disorders had suffered some sort of sexual abuse and almost another 30% suffered from PTSD or psychological trauma. Which is why I said something may be at the root of it. Whether it is from abuse of some kind, bullying from school, or a phobia.

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Kris Cantrell 3 years

Not sure who participated in these studies but no one I know did so it's biased based on only the people who participated in that survery. Regardless it's hard for me to believe my 10 year old sister has an eating disorder. Hopefully it's just a phase.

Sam Rivas 3 years

Sami Rae Niswander I hope for her sake it is a phase too, but the matter should still be brought up to your parents and she should still be evaluated by a psychiatrist regardless. Better safe than sorry. Three of the people, out of about 26, died from their disorders because they didn't get help till It was too late. One died of adrenal failure and two from their hearts giving out when they became too thin and weak. Please, tell your parents and let them deal with it.

Kris Cantrell 3 years