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.
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: June 2008
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