Pro-Anorexia Web Sites Prey on Insecurities (cont.)

According to Something Fishy's home page: "It's support for visitors to strive for recovery ... to strive to find the strength to search for who you are, deep down underneath disordered behaviors. I speak to YOU now, for you are NOT your Eating Disorder, nor is your identity lost forever to behaviors you can't stop thinking about, or problems and stresses you feel trapped in. You can be free of your Eating Disorder ... so you can be free just to be YOU."

Does Your Child Have These Symptoms?

These are some signs of anorexia:

  • Intense fear of gaining weight, even when obviously too thin
  • Distorted body image -- thinking they're fat even though they're really too thin
  • Denies seriousness of being underweight or losing weight
  • Evaluates self-worth by body shape and weight
  • Excessive dieting and/or exercising
  • Abnormal food preoccupations
  • Menstrual periods stop

If you suspect an eating disorder, it's important to seek help from a doctor, psychologist, or counselor, to figure out the best way to approach her. People can't get over anorexia just by changing their minds. They need professional help.

Published Sept. 22, 2004.

SOURCES: Dias, K. Journal of International Women's Studies online, April 2003; vol 4: pp 31-45. Doug Bunnell, PhD, clinical psychologist, National Eating Disorders Association. Nancy Graham, LCSW, director of clinical outreach, Renfrew Center. Something Fishy web site. WebMD Medical News: "Becoming 'the Best Anorexic Ever.'" WebMD Medical Reference From Healthwise: "Anorexia Nervosa."

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