Recognize the signs of eating disorders

Kara Vogt, a clinical instructor in UBC’s land and food systems faculty, discussed eating disorders on Global BC. Back to school can trigger anxiety and eating disorders, and Vogt recommends that parents watch their children for signs like changes in behaviour, social isolation and not wanting to engage in things they usually like to do. Fear of situations where they may be faced with food is also a clue, Vogt said.

“Food behaviours are the symptoms that are often there as a manifestation of trying to cope with life experiences, whether it’s traumas or just difficult feelings,” said Vogt.