Anorexia nervosa is often called anorexia – an eating disorder characterized by abnormal weight, severe fears for weight gain and distorted body weight perception. People with anorexia place a high value in controlling their weight and body shape, using extreme efforts that tend to interfere with activity in their lives significantly.
To prevent weight gain or to continue to lose weight, people with anorexia usually severely limit the amount of food they eat.
However, people with anorexia generally struggle with abnormal weight, whereas individuals with bulimia are usually normal above normal weight. No matter how weight gain is achieved, people with anorexia have a strong fear of gaining weight.
Anorexia is not really about food. This is an unhealthy way to deal with emotional problems. If you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with self-esteem.
Anorexia can be very difficult to overcome. But with care, you can get a better sense of who you are, go back to healthier eating habits and reverse some serious anorexia complications.
About 30 million people have eating disorders. Of course, with that statistic, you never imagined it could happen to your best friend. 1 in 4 cases of anorexia ends in death, and you do not want your best friend to be 1 of 4 doing it. Here are some ways to help your friends.
Try to open-minded with them.
Before you conclude that your friend has eating disorders, make sure you see signs. While not eating is another sign, if they do not eat lunch one day at the office, it’s probably not a big deal. They can get sick or not hungry. However, if they do not eat lunch for a month in the office, there is a problem. Go to them, and ask if anything is wrong. Do not cause eating disorders. If they tell you something or intimidate it, ask “Hey, do you think you might have an eating disorder?”
Do not force them to eat
People with anorexia can not cope with their illness with just one meal. If someone has not eaten for a while, chances are they can not eat once at a time. They know their body is best. That being said, do not let them go by not eating one thing at mealtime. Even one bite was an improvement, which brings us to the next tip.
Whatever they eat, for them it is full
Although one wine for lunch is not healthy for anyone, if they go a few days without eating, then wine is a big step. By eating something, no matter what it is, they are willing to make changes in their abnormality and control it.
Do not compare their bodies with others
For someone with anorexia, the mention of weight or body, they or otherwise, can be a trigger. For me, when someone will mention something about weight, I will start shaking. While it is a rare and extreme reaction, it usually affects people with eating disorders. Do not say, “God, I’m so fat.” Because someone with an eating disorder can analyze more, and think that it’s fatter than you, and if you’re too fat, that means they do too. Stay away from the topic of weight in general.
If all else fails, try searching for help
If you do all this, and your friends do not seem to get better, remember that asking them to go to the clinic or see a therapist is a good idea. You are not a therapist, which means you should not help your own friends. While your friends will appreciate your help, the best thing you can do for them is to find a professional to help them.
Although experiencing anorexia is difficult, having a friend who owns it is difficult as well. Remember, eating disorders are also a serious mental disorder. They will not be “fixed” soon, and that’s okay. If you do not help, it’s not your fault.
People with eating disorders have what I call curved vision, and are difficult to control. As I said, you may not be a licensed therapist, and it’s not your responsibility to change them. While it may or may not be helpful, your friends know that you have your back is a great feeling for them. Just tell them that you are there for them no matter what, and that will make them feel better than you think.