Our Friend Might Have Anorexia. How Can We Help?

Our Friend Might Have Anorexia. How Can We Help?

Some people at school are worried because we think our friend has anorexia. Is there anything we can do for her?
- Dionne*

It’s a great idea to eat healthy and stay in shape, but when it goes to an unhealthy or extreme level, a person might be developing an eating disorder. Although 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 can include:

People with eating disorders need help or they can get very sick. Try talking with your friend and expressing your concern. Sometimes this can help — other times, people are in denial or are afraid they'll be talked in to gaining weight. Encourage your friend to talk to a parent, counselor, or doctor about getting help. If your friend doesn't get help, you may need to talk to your parents, school guidance counselor, or nurse.

Reviewed by: Michelle New, PhD
Date reviewed: September 2011

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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Related Resources
OrganizationNational Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) ANAD is a national nonprofit organization for people with eating disorders and their families. In addition to its hotline counseling, ANAD operates an international network of support groups and offers referrals to health care professionals who treat eating disorders. Contact them at: ANAD
Box 7
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 831-3438
OrganizationNational Eating Disorders Association The NEDA is a nonprofit association dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Contact them at: National Eating Disorders Association
603 Stewart St.
Suite 803 Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 382-3587
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