Two Versions of the Plate 
How to Follow this Approach

Using a 10" plate, plate all food groups!  Watch out for "inner circle" plates, side salad plates or bowls which would alter the portion size.

Fill that plate up! 

Then, decide how many meals + snacks? How many food items per snack? 

Include variety and foods that challenge the eating disorder! Does the meal make sense? Is it cohesive? 

Eating disorders in children are probably one of the scariest things that can develop around food. As a parent, it’s important to learn the signs of an eating disorder so you can catch it early. It can sometimes be hard to detect if our child is eating abnormally, especially if they are older and spend more time and meals away from home.


If your child is eating abnormally, it’s never too early to take them to the pediatrician for a check-up and see if you need more extensive help. The prognosis for children recovering from an ED is good, especially if they have a lot of familial support and a manageable, sustainable approach to healing their relationship with food. 

Wendy and Casey join childhood nutrition expert, Jill Castle, MS, RDN,  on her podcast, The Nourished Child.  


What You’ll Learn about Eating Disorders in Children:

  • Warning signs parents should watch for to detect a child’s eating disorder.

  • When parents should get help if they suspect their child might have an eating disorder.

  • The prevalence of eating disorders in athletes.

  • Which populations are at risk for developing eating disorders.

  • What nutrition and re-feeding during eating disorder treatment looks like.

  • A breakdown of Wendy and Casey’s Plate-by-Plate Approach®.