Loss of appetite in children: Types, Causes  and Treatment

Loss of appetite in children: Types, Causes and Treatment


Loss of appetite in children

Loss of appetite in children or Anorexia is defined as a loss of appetite or a nutritional disorder represented by restricting the amount of food and drink that a person consumes, and it is a form of self-deprivation and the reason why children and adolescents suffer from this health problem is that they have a wrong stereotype of an ideal body.

Types of anorexia in children

Doctors have classified anorexia nervosa into two types:

  •  The Restrictor Type: In this type, children greatly reduce the amount of food as they avoid eating most types of food alike that’s because of the loss of appetite.

  • Bulimic type: In this type, children eat food in a large way, then resort to intentional vomiting or taking large amounts of laxatives (in English: Laxatives), or other drugs to excrete food from the body.

Causes of anorexia in children

There is no single cause for loss of appetite (anorexia) in children. Anorexia often begins with a regular diet but changes slowly to severe and unhealthy weight loss. Other things that may play a role in anorexia are the following:

  1. The child or adolescent is not satisfied with their weight and lack of self-confidence.
  2. The surrounding community is very much concerned with physical appearance and weight.
  3. Genetic and chemical disorders of the brain.
  4. Family history; As a person is more likely to have anorexia if one of the family members has it, in addition to that, families who care a lot about the appearance of the body and the weight of the child have a higher likelihood of their children suffering from this health disorder.

Treatment of anorexia nervosa

The doctor often determines treatment according to certain factors, the most important of which are the patient’s age, general health, medical history, and the extent of his acceptance of treatment. In fact, no drugs have been proven effective in treating anorexia completely, but usually antidepressants help Antidepressants) for treatment if the loss of appetite is accompanied by anxiety and mental disorders, and it is worth noting that the family is the basis of treatment; As it has the largest role in the early diagnosis of anorexia, as it has a major role in motivating and supporting the child to adhere to the treatment plan.