anorexic at 4 yrs old?is this possible?

@shorva (923)
Philippines
December 31, 2006 5:12am CST
aside from being a picky eater, my niece who's only 4 yrs. old is very concious with her body.she has changed her vitamins and all and even took antianorexic med. and she's still has not gained weight yet. she's very skinny all you cld feel on her are her bones.i notice too, that she always says that she doesnt wana be fat and look fat when she put clothes on.she even think that i was fat after i gave birth but evryone think i wasnt at all.i know she doesnt starve herself but she's so conscious, is this even normal?
3 responses
@nicola82 (479)
• Italy
31 Dec 06
oh no I can't think it's possible at this age to be anorexic.. it's too early, really too early
@shorva (923)
• Philippines
31 Dec 06
i've seen on tv once a kid at 9 yrs old was already anorexic. she's in and out of hospital now she's already 13 yrs old she still anorexic.i really hope my niece'wld get this bad
@shorva (923)
• Philippines
31 Dec 06
i'm sorry i mean i hope she wont get that bad
• Ireland
31 Dec 06
I read a book about anorexia 'The Secret Language of Eating Disorders' and there was an incredibly young little boy mentioned in it who was anorexic. (And was eventually okay, thank goodness.) I cannot remember exactly how old he was, but I think about 5 years or thereabouts.
• United States
9 Feb 08
Maybe you should talk to your sister/brother whichever parent is your sibling about what this girl has been exposed to. Someone must be talking about fat and skinny very frequently around her. It may not be either of her parents, but they might be able to figure out who or what show or whatever it is, someone at a daycare, a babysitter, I don't know. It just seems like she could have gotten some ideas from someone. Children often take something stated and exagerate it in their minds. Like when I was little I was taught to be careful when I cooked my oatmeal because if I spilled it on the burner it could burn. My mind translated if I spilled some on the burner the kitchen would blow up in a fireball. I was 7 at the time. Something similar might have happenned to your niece, and she should probably be removed from the source if possible, or the source should be made aware of his/her actions so they can stop.
• United States
1 Jan 07
Absolutely yes, your daughter could be anorexic even at the age of four. Anorexia is a psychological illness, you need to start taking her to a therapist and find out what's going on.