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Hi , I could be very wrong and she could be perfect but I'm quite worried about my best friend. She's just gone 18 . shes about 5"4 and the last time she told me she was around 11 stone. Lately I've noticed she's become obsessed with her weight and size. I talked to her about it and she told me she was eating a bowl of cereal and 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day ! That's all ! She thinks its perfectly normal to eat that much ! I tried suggesting that she may be suffering from anorexia but she refused to even listen to me , she said she was eating , not a lot but that she was on a diet ! She's also excercising a lot ! So should I be worried or am I totally over reacting? Was I right or wrong to say it to her ? Thanks

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Hi Kate,

I am so sorry you are going through this with your friend. You have every right to be concerned. Have you tried talking to her parents or a school counselor about your concerns?

In the meantime, I encourage you to check out these websites for tips for dealing with friends suffering from anorexia.

http://voices.yahoo.com/living-recovering-anorexic-tips-families-684572.html

http://www.something-fishy.org/helping/whatyoucando.php

http://ehealthmd.com/content/how-can-i-help-family-member-or-friend-anorexia-ner

http://www.anorexia-reflections.com/anorexia-support.html#axzz2HuQsf6v8

I hope you find these resources helpful and that your friend gets into treatment ASAP. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions or do anything else to help.

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Mary Pritchard

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

Experience

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Organizations
Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Publications
Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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