Yeah, that's a good point
but I do think very young children can have psychologically based eating disorders, too.
I've seen the potential for this in my younger cousin.
She is a pre-schooler, but with highly developed language skills, and altogether very advanced for her age, considering she's the youngest of a number of siblings and has 'grown up' quickly to keep pace with them.
Her mother is very thin and always on a diet.
At the age of 2-4...
- She would reject the healthy dinners our grandmother made and request 'good food like mummy has' (diet food).
- She looked troubled at the prospect of eating the chocolates following an easter egg hunt we went on, claiming they would make her 'fat'.
- Another cousin of mine offered to give her a piggy-back ride, which she politely declined, because she's 'a bit too heavy'.
Not saying she has an E.D. or anything, but it's an illustration that the psychological seeds of an E.D. can be sown at a young age in susceptible individuals.