If I thought a friend of mine had an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, there would
be a couple things I could do. First I would talk to her about the concerns I had about her eating
habits, and try to make her understand the dangers to her health they can cause her (Rossi, G.,
Balottin, U., Rossi, M., Chiappedi, M., Fazzi, E., & Lanzi, G. 2007).
The next thing I would
urge my friend to do is get some professional help. Most of the time, the only time adolescents
with anorexia nervosa go for help is when they are at near starvation (Rossi et. al. 2007). This is
due to the fact that a person with anorexia nervosa feel as if they have no control over anything
in their live, and food is they one thing they can control. They like this control they have over
their eating and they are also terrified of gaining weight (Lock, J., & le Grange, D. 2005).
Hopefully, I would be able to convince my friend enough to get her to a professional before she
was to the point of collapsing from starvation.
Once my friend sought professional help, the next major step in treatment is feeding, to
make her gain weight back, so that she gets back to a healthy weight for her height (Rossi et. al.
2007; Lock, J., & le Grange, D. 2005). This can involve many different types of therapy, such as
psychotherapy and individual therapy
(Bergh, C., Osgood, M., Alters, Dennis, M., Leon, M., &
Södersten, P. 2006), but the main one found to work the best is family-based therapy (Lock, J., &
le Grange, D. 2005; ). In family-based therapy, the therapist tries to encourage families to look