Anorexia Nervosa

Mainly Adolescent

Description an Help

People who have anorexia need help because they are very unwell. If not treated, anorexia can get worse for that person and may cause many sicknesses and can lead to death. Anorexia is usually caused by bulling. They are very self conscience. For some people, restricting their food and weight is sometimes a way that makes them feel in control of the things they weren't in control of. They do it too harshly to their bodies. It can also be a way of expressing emotions that may feel too frightening such as pain or anxiety. Their body image can come to define their entire sence of self worth.

HELP: Help can be from family members, friends or clinics / treatment

  • Listen to your body.
  • Listen to your feelings.
  • Trust yourself.
  • Accept yourself.
  • Love yourself.

    • Call a friend
    • Listen to music
    • Play with a pet
    • Read a good book
    • Take a walk
    • Write in a journal
    • Go to the movies
    • Get out into nature
    • Play a favorite game
    • Do something nice for someone else

Treatment: Locally

  • Ask your primary care doctor for their opinion
  • Check with local hospitals or medical centers
  • Ask your school counselor or nurse
  • Call the National Eating Disorders Association’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237 (Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST)
  • Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Support groups


The Warnings and How to Talk About It

  • Do you feel fat even though people tell you you’re not?
  • Are you terrified of gaining weight?
  • Do you lie about how much you eat or hide your eating habits from others?
  • Are your friends or family concerned about your weight loss, eating habits, or appearance?
  • Do you diet, compulsively exercise, or purge when you’re feeling overwhelmed or bad about yourself?
  • Do you feel powerful or in control when you go without food, over-exercise, or purge?
  • Do you base your self-worth on your weight or body size?

Ways to talk about anorexia:

  • When did you begin having different thoughts regarding food, weight, or exercise? What were the thoughts?
  • When did the different behaviors start? What was the behavior and did you hope to accomplish something specific (lose weight, gain control of something, get someone’s attention)?
  • Have you noticed any physical health effects (fatigue, loss of hair, digestive problems, loss of menstrual cycle, heart palpitations, etc.)? Or any emotional effects?
  • How are you currently feeling physically? Emotionally? Do you feel ready to stop the disordered eating behaviors?
  • How can the people in your life best support you? Do you want them to monitor your behavior?
  • Do you want them to ask you how you are doing with your recovery or would you rather tell them?