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Anorexia and Bulemia.

by Jacqueline Todorov

This is a very difficult subject to expound on in this setting. I have provided some links to sites that may be a valuable resource to parents and sufferers alike. Anorexia and Bulemia are eating disorders. They are very difficult to treat and they require individualized planning and care. While young women suffer from these disorders more often, it also affects older women and men of all ages too.

If you have an eating disorder or you suspect a family member or loved one may, then it is imperative that you talk about it with your doctor.

This is not something that will go away on its own and is not something that you can fix without medical intervention. Some of the warning signs are:

  • between the ages of 8 to 40 losing more that 15% of their body weight
  • an adolescent not gaining weight at an expected rate,
  • bizzare food-related habits
  • loss of hair on the head and heavier growth of body hair.
  • absence of a period for more than 3 months

It is time that this person should be seen by a medical professional.

I have had very little experience in this area and am not comfortable going any deeper. If you suspect that someone in your family has an eating disorder it is very important to get treatment as soon as possible.

Here are some links that might be useful.

God Bless, Jacqueline.

www.anred.com www.noah.cuny.edu/illness/mentalhealth/cornell/conditions/bulimia.h tml

American Academy of Family Physicians members.aol.com/depress/index.htm



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