To say that refeeding is a difficult process for all
involved understates the endurance and herculean effort required. It is thus understandable that when a child
with anorexia starts to make progress in eating again and restores a bit
weight-wise, there is a tendency for the family to think the problem is “over,”
declare victory, and attempt to move on.
If this is done prematurely, the results can range from disappointing to
Anorexia is a sneaky illness and can continue to linger in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Celebrate those mealtime victories but remember that long lasting results depend on full weight restoration—meaning, a healthy weight for your child’s body, not what a weight chart indicates in minimally acceptable. This is the essential, foundational element for full recovery.