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Is this the beginning of an eating disorder or something else?

My 10 yr old step son has had an onslaught of weight over the last 7 to 10 months; going from an active and \"healthy\" child to an obese child who has difficultly running and tires easily. My husband and I have him every other weekend with court visitation schedule and we\'ve been striving for custody for a long while now - the process has been tied up legally and we\'re at a stand still. The problem over and above the weight gain that we\'ve noticed is that we\'ve caught him during this Christmas break sneaking out of his room at night and stocking up on junk food. My husband and I have discussed this and we\'re not sure where this might be headed. We confronted him tonight when we caught him starting on a kitchen raid and he admitted to us that he does this every night. We have also observed our son vomit on many occasions after he forces himself into a coughing fit. We know that there is a lot on our son\'s plate - his mother is bipolar and is untreated and his normal home life is very stressing to him. We see the many signs of this in many manifestations. What we\'re concerned about is whether or not this is the beginning of a potential food addiction related to emotional eating or is there something more that we might be missing. He was seen for a short while by a professional for counseling and since then, his mother has put a legal stop to us seeking help for him. We\'ve been working hard to get that aspect changed so our son can continue on with seeing the doctor. Both my husband and I love him dearly and it\'s hurting us to see him hurting and we want to help him - but not cause potentially more harm in the process of trying to help him. Can you give any insight, direction or advice please?

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