Our Friend Might Have Anorexia. How Can We Help?
Some people at school are worried because we think that our friend has anorexia. Is there anything we can do for her?
Though many people are unhappy with their weight, someone who starts to do things that are emotionally or physically dangerous in order to lose weight may have an eating disorder.
Signs of an eating disorder may include:
* moving food around on the plate instead of eating it
* compulsive exercising
* going to the bathroom right after eating
* drastic weight loss
* eating a lot, often uncontrollably
* fear of gaining weight
* constantly talking about weight and food
* not getting menstrual periods
* eating only in private
People with eating disorders need help, or they can get very sick. Try talking with your friend and expressing your concern. Encourage her to talk to a parent, counselor, or doctor about getting the help she needs. If your friend doesn't get help, you may need to talk to your parents, school guidance counselor, or nurse.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD