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Anorexia Nervosa Health Center

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Anorexia: Learning New Eating Behaviors - Topic Overview

People who have anorexia often have difficulty at mealtimes. If mealtime is a stressful time for you, try something different. During meals:

  • Try to eat slowly and gradually. Do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the idea of eating a meal.
  • Talk with other people about things that interest you. Avoid talking about the food you are eating or thinking about your weight gain worries.
  • Resist the temptation to argue with the people who are eating with you. Arguing increases tension and stress and makes it more difficult for you to relax.
  • Trust that people around you are there to support your recovery to health. Not everyone knows the best way to make you feel supported.

The following may also help you develop more healthy eating habits:

  • Working together with your doctor, you will likely set a goal weight. Knowing the amount of weight you will gain each week may help you feel more in control as you recover.
  • Pay attention to the amount of stress you have in your life. Ask for help to reduce your stress.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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