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Seriously?: That's like asking doctors, "how do I not let anyone know i'm not taking my medications." if you truly anorexia nervosa, you have a medical/psych condition that is very serious. With anorexia, the food is your medication although the intense, paralyzing fears surrounding food and weight may find you unable to get the treatment you require. Recovery can be a painful process, but worth it. Be safe. ...Read more
Don't: When a behavior brings you shame & you feel you must hide it, that is a sign that things are going wrong. At least talk to your doc 1st & see if you can begin to work on solutions. You might eventually be surprised to find your folks a source of support. Good luck. ...Read more
Infinite: Teens are masters of deception and cover up. Excuses will abound for whatever their parents observe. Usually a sibling or close friend will "rat them out." if your teen has self image problems, spends too much time at the gym, obsesses over foods and recipes, appears too thin, then you should be suspicious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you advise if I'm relatively in good shape and am not like anorexic type skinny but I really want to hide my gyno. any advice?
What do you mean?: What is meant by "gyno"? Please clarify and re-ask? ...Read more
Long List Bad Things: Include: malnutrition, heart damage, other organ damage, infertility, hair loss, tooth loss, body hair, bone loss, etc. See anad- natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/14wd5ib. One stat: about 24 million people in us suffer from an ed. One ed, anorexia nervosa = the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Odd Food Behaviors: Preoccupation with food or dieting are generally the earliest signs of anorexia nervosa. The following are also early warning signs: refusing to eat, denying hunger, poor concentration, skipping meals, limiting intake to only certain foods, excuses for not eating, obsession with body size and shape, excessive exercise, wearing baggy clothes, and repeated weighing of themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severe control: Anorexics are extremely concerned about weight, and often feel they're fat despite trusted others saying otherwise. They severely restrict the amount they eat, not covering nutritional needs. Sometimes they feel hungry, but they may not have this sensation anymore. They may also exercise severely to burn off calories, or use laxatives and diuretics. Very dangerous illness -- please get help. ...Read more
Patience/Compassion: If you suspect some has anorexia, it is important to express your concerns to them. Approach them in a compassionate and nonjudgmental manner. They may become angry and defensive. Don't give up. It may take time before they are ready to open up. Tell them you are concerned about their health. Do not comment on how they look. Avoid placing blame, shame, or guilt and do not offer simple solutions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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