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When in a good place and communication is happening my daughter has repeatedly said she is always hungry. After evening meal today she said she was still hungry but will not ‘give in’ to it and eat anymore. 

Any advice as to how to get her to go with her body’s hunger as still very stuck on 3 meals 2 snacks and can’t eat outside this rigid routine despite saying she’s hungry!?


I don't know old your d is but when hunger cues present and hunger us felt again, that is usually a good sign and an indicator of recovery. 

It is quite common to feel intense hunger and for there to be a response of bingeing.  
However, I think if you can reassure her that this her body s response after starvation and that it is ok to eat freely then this may help her. After weight restoration it is also normal for weight to go on around the face and abdomen but this redistributes itself eventually. 

I think I would try and express confidence that it is safe for her to follow her appetite and that eventually things will settle down again. If she feels your confidence she may allow herself to start eating in a more relaxed way. 
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt.
@Salee, I think Tabitha Farra did a podcast episode on this exact subject and the anxiety it can raise for someone.
D fell down the rabbit hole of AN at age 11 after difficulty swallowing followed by rapid weight loss. Progressing well through recovery, but still climbing our way out of the hole.