If Disordered Eating Creeps in, Take a Whole-Life Approach with Her

30 million Americans live with an eating disorder. Of that 30 million, 20 million are women. Data shows that eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness among adolescent females. With most diagnoses for women occurring between 18 and 21 years old, it’s clear that prevention measures must be taken in childhood.  

Like other mental health disorders, eating disorders are caused by a combination of biological and circumstantial factors—but prevention is possible. Exemplifying healthy self-talk, modeling respectful body-image, celebrating Godly creation, and creating a family culture of healthy, balanced living are all helpful steps toward preventing disordered eating. 

If your girl shows signs of an eating disorder, seek help. Her recovery does not depend on you to “fix” things, but it does require your prayer and unwavering support. 

Listen to the Raising Godly Girls Minute with Patti Garibay:


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American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.