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Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others - Topic Overview

Sometimes people who have anorexia find it difficult to trust the family, friends, health professionals, and other caring people who are trying to help them. There are many reasons for this, ranging from anxiety about losing control and gaining weight to confused thinking because of malnutrition. And it can be hard to trust a whole new way of eating, exercising, and taking care of yourself.

If you are diagnosed with an eating disorder, it may take some time to develop trust in the people who are trying to help. But you can do it with practice.

  • Listen to what others are saying about healthy eating. Avoid looking for ways to argue back.
  • Ask to read some information that supports what others say about food.
  • Learn about what is included in a balanced diet. Then discuss what you have learned with the people who are trying to help.
  • Let people know how you are feeling. Listen to how others are feeling.
  • Try to concentrate on one goal at a time. This helps to keep things simple.
  • Accept support and feedback from other people.
  • Focus on your breathing to calm yourself when you start to feel anxious.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 27, 2013
    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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