Paediatrician Dr Su Laurent talks about how to tell if your child is anorexic.
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Emma Howard: Hello, I am Emma Howard and I’m joined by Dr. Su Laurent, who is a consultant pediatrician at Barnet Hospital in Hertfordshire. Hello, Su. Dr. Su Laurent: Hello Emma. Emma Howard: I have a question here about a parent, a worried parent as they say my daughter maybe anorexic, I am very worried about that but how can I tell and where should I seek help. Dr. Su Laurent: One of the other interesting time always we’ve got a great lot of anxiety about obesity and at the same time we’ve got this whole celebrity culture and girls trying to make themselves very thin, all the stuff and tell me about size zero or size two and how do causes all of that. So, there are a number of girls who seem to often find themselves about a tiny little bit bit plump when they are going into puberty someone says something that’s not quite right will obsess them and then they start going on mad diets and if you worry that your child is really is eating very little but has a self-image, which is that they are fat when you can clearly see that they are not, that is the time that you need to seek help. Emma Howard: So don’t go body does not -- Dr. Su Laurent: It is, so they, you look at them and you are looking and you are thinking why you’re all looking rather too thin and they look at themselves and they are still thinking they are fat and they need to loose weight. Emma Howard: So, you start off by seeing a GP that you need referral someone? Dr. Su Laurent: You usually, I mean a GP will take one look usually and say I think we need to see a pediatrician and of late will be a pediatrician along with the child psychiatrist, who will be involved not just in and looking at sort of the general health side of things but also the issues which are making a child want to keep losing weight. Emma Howard: Yes, you need to kind of unlock the problem though you need to find the key. Dr. Su Laurent: You do. Emma Howard: And as a parent you are often too close to it and you have to say it. Dr. Su Laurent: You often are and I think the catching it early is often very helpful before it becomes very entrench because severe anorexia actually has quite a high mortality. So, it’s going to be a very serious problem and I think the message to parents is if you are worried go and seek help, don’t do this on your own. Emma Howard: Great Su, thank you very much indeed and if you have a similar problem we hope we might have given you some help but remember its always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching, we will be back with more health questions and answers.

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