Anorexia Nervosa - Topic Overview
If your doctor thinks
that you may have an eating disorder, he or she will compare your weight with
the expected weight for someone of your height and age. He or she will also
check your heart, lungs, blood pressure, skin, and hair to look for problems
caused by not eating enough. You may also have blood tests or X-rays.
Your doctor may ask questions about how you feel. It is common for a
treatable mental health problem such as depression or anxiety to play a part in
an eating disorder.
How is it treated?
All people who have anorexia
need treatment. Even if you, your child, or someone else you care about has only a couple of the
signs of an eating disorder, get help now. Early treatment gives the best
chance of overcoming anorexia.
Treatment can help you get back to
and stay at a healthy weight. It can also help you learn good eating habits and learn to feel
better about yourself. Because anorexia is both a physical and emotional
problem, you may work with a doctor, a
dietitian, and a counselor.
If your weight
has dropped too low, you will need to be treated in a hospital.
take a long time to overcome, and it is common to fall back into unhealthy
habits. If you are having problems, don't try to handle them on your own. Get
What should you do if you think someone has anorexia?
It can be very scary to realize that someone you care about has an eating
disorder. But you can help.
If you think your child has anorexia:
- Talk to her. Tell her why you are worried.
Let her know you care.
- Make an appointment for you and your child to meet with a doctor or a counselor.
If you're worried about someone you know:
someone who can make a difference, like a parent, teacher, counselor, or doctor.
A person with anorexia may insist that she doesn't need help, but she does.
The sooner she gets treatment, the sooner she will be healthy again.
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