Parents with children that have an eating disorder may wish to use their expatriate medical insurance policies to take them to a treatment centre, but a specialist has noted that there are many other things that they can do as well.
Leanne Thorndyke, head of communications for Beat, suggested that mums and dads should try to find out as much about the condition as possible.
They should be supportive and listen to their children in a "non-judgemental way", helping them to communicate their concerns, she added.
"Be prepared that they may find it difficult to talk about," the expert said.
Ms Thorndyke explained the sooner a person with an eating disorder receives the support and help that they need, the better their chances are of making a "full recovery".
A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and undertaken by experts at the University College London Institute of Child Health found around three in every 100,000 children under the age of 13 suffers from an early-onset eating disorder.
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