iCliniq logo

Ask a Doctor Online Now

HomeAnswersInternal Medicinechild behaviorIs it normal to skip food often by a 14-year-old?

A 14-year-old skips food often. Is it fine?

A 14-year-old skips food often. Is it fine?

The following is an actual conversation between an iCliniq user and a doctor that has been reviewed and published as a Premium Q&A.

Answered by

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At January 17, 2019
Reviewed AtSeptember 16, 2020

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am worried about my daughter. She is 14 years old and suffers from anxiety, often triggered by being in a crowd or busy environment. In recent months she has started avoiding food. She skips breakfast and then does not eat lunch at school. She will, however, eat her tea at home. Even if it is a high-fat meal. She has gone from 9 stone to 8 stone in approximately eight months. She admitted that skipping meals started after a girl at school called her fat. I am not sure if skipping meals classes as an eating disorder but this has gone on too long to be just a phase. Should I be worried?

Answered by Dr. Amit Jauhari


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Teenagers go through difficult phases of mental, emotional and physical growth. It is really good that as a parent you are paying full attention, now here are some suggestions. Do not be critical of your child's behavior. Gently try to introduce the idea that health and being thin are separate. If the child is unable or unwilling to eat proper breakfast or lunch, ask what they would prefer. Use the internet to show the required calories and their sources, try substituting healthy food with her choice and consent. Talk to the school counselor and maybe their help can solve the issue.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amit Jauhari
Dr. Amit Jauhari

Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)

Community Banner Mobile
By subscribing, I agree to iCliniq's Terms & Privacy Policy.

Ask your health query to a doctor online

Internal Medicine

*guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. iCliniq privacy policy