My Friend Might Be Anorexic

My friend thinks she has to lose weight. She doesn't! One day she came to school and said she only ate 100 calories and drank water the day before. That was all she had. I told her about anorexia last year, and she got mad.

I told her again this year, she listened, but I don't think it got through to her. She comes to school and if she forgot to eat the day before and lost a pound or two, she'll be happy. She wants to become a model, and I'm afraid she will do anything to become one.

    -Paramore Fan

Hey Paramore Fan,

Your friend is lucky to have such a great pal like you who cares so much about her. Unfortunately, you can’t do everything by yourself. I understand your desire to help your friend, but unless she truly wants to fix this, she’s not going to listen to you. Try explaining your concern. Tell her that you’re worried about her and you just want her to be healthy. If she still doesn’t listen to you, tell an adult you trust. You shouldn’t have to deal with this alone.

Anorexia is a very serious health issue. It’s entirely possible that your friend may be suffering from an eating disorder. Anorexia can not only cause you to lose an unhealthy amount of weight, but it can also cause serious health problems like losing your hair. Anorexia can also cause problems sleeping, sudden muscle cramps and constipation. A lot of times, losing weight makes people feel in control and powerful. Maybe your friend should try channeling this energy into something constructive, like an after-school activity or sports team. It’s perfectly fine to diet and exercise, as long as you do it the right way!

If this problem continues, then your friend will need to get help. Sure, she wants to be a model, but no one is going to hire a girl who looks like a skeleton! There is nothing wrong with being skinny, as long as you’re healthy!


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10/28/2009 7:00:00 AM