"Dear Carol, I'm worried my BFF is starving herself"
My best friend eats only once a day, which worries me a lot. She claims to not be hungry. But deep down, I think she's starving herself. I want to bring it up, but what if she's not starving herself? I'd feel really bad.
-Friend's Eating Habits
Dear Friend's Eating Habits,
You're right that skipping meals is not healthy. For now, unless you truly think she's endangering herself, just be her friend and have fun together. Can you carve pumpkins or plan a Halloween party? Can you get together for a movie and take your minds off your bodies? If, on the other hand, you continue to worry or see her developing more worrisome eating habits, talk to a trusted adult, like a parent, guidance counselor or teacher. A helpline like teenlineonline.org can offer teens much-needed support. Eating disorders are very dangerous, and she'll likely need more help than you can provide on your own.
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