Conditions and Diseases
Dieting and Weight Loss
I have a friend who gained a bunch of weight after her dad died and shes now 300 lbs. She is trying to lose the weight but i fear she is leaning too far towards anorexia. is this possible?
It's definitely possible here are the symptoms to keep an eye out for
Signs of Anorexia include:
- Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height. Weight loss leading to maintenance of body weight less than 85% of that expected; or failure to make expected weight gain during period of growth, leading to body weight less than 85% of what is expected. See calculation of Body Mass Index.
- Distorted view of one's body weight or shape. Undue influence of body weight or shape on self evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
What should you do if a friend has anorexia?
If a friend has anorexia, firstly do not try and make them eat. It will make them worse, if they want to eat they will. Ask your friend if they have told anybody else (if signs of their anorexia are not showing) and if they have, ask them if they had spoken to a professional about getting help and support. You really do need to push your friend into getting help. He/she will be less likely to succeed knowing that they are not getting full support from their family and friends.
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First, it would help to be reasonably sure that your friend is suffering with anorexia. Are you sure that is what the problem is? If your friend is not seeking help (first and most critically from a medical doctor, and if that's in place, with a therapist as well) then I would gently and constantly remind your friend that professional help is absolutely necessary. I wouldn't let up. You can be gentle, and it doesn't have to be the subject of everything you talk about, but don't let a day go by. Anorexia is potentially life-threatening, and there is help. If your friend refuses to get help then make sure that your friend's parents are aware of your concern, and I'd talk with your friend's teachers or school counselors as well. If people get upset with you, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It will mean that they know there is a serious problem. If your friend is already getting medical and counseling help, the best you can do is just be a friend. Don't accept it when your friend says negative things about her/his body size or appearance. In response, tell your friend the truth as you see it; "you are too light; you need to put weight on; your condition is not healthy. You do not need to lose weight-- you need to put weight on to be healthier." Not to be neglected by you: Please, be aware that your friend is making her/his own decisions. Be a friend, but don't take on an emotional burden that does not belong to you. You are (presumably, from the nature of the question) NOT in charge of your friend's life or responsible for your friend's care or well-being. Telling the truth, and holding reality up to the light of day-- that's what friends do. It is not your job to make yourself sick over this, or to take over your friend's emotional life. Ans) Help your friend recognize her problem. Convince her to take some expert advice and professional help. Also, it is vital for to go under therapy. Anorexia is a problem which is much more than food and weight. Once she goes for anorexia treatment she has high chances to recover from it. You can avail more information about anorexia at: http://www.eatingdisorder.com/anorexia-nervosa-treatment.html .
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