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My best friend might have an ED - January 9th 2009, 09:29 PM

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So yeah. My best friend Amanda might have an ED. We were talking about this last night. I've known her for 3 years now. She's never aten lunch at school. And whenever she comes over to my house, we most of the time don't eat anything. Usually all she has is a Coke Zero. This is what her day is:

-Get to school, has M&M's and a Coke Zero.
-Lunch: Nothing. Rarely, a Coke Zero.
-Home: piece of pizza.

She's a vegetarian. and she doesn't eat healthy.

She said that she doesn't like eating. The last time she checked, she weighed a weight that was wayy underweight. She's 15 as well. She said that the most she has gone without eating anything is 3 days. She said that she does get dizzy and get headaches sometimes. I told her that I get scared for her. She said that she scares herself. I told her to try to eat, and to drink plenty of water. I sent her a link of like ED symptoms,and she said that she fit 1/2 of them. She said that she doesn't want to gain any weight because she's scared of what people will think. Even if she gains like 2 pounds,she HAS to lose it. =/

Oh, and she like never has food in her house. Its always like mozzarella sticks, pizza, fake-chicken patties, Wendy's. I reassured her that people won't make change how they think of her if she gains a couple pounds. Personality overshines looks.

I want to help her...get better. But I don't really know how. Does anyone else have a friend with an ED, or do you have an ED? How can I help her without being like "EAT EAT EAT!"?

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Re: My best friend might have an ED - January 9th 2009, 09:36 PM

There's a stickie in this forum with a list of resources, one with a link about support if you're a friend of someone with an ED, so it's worth checking that out.

I think the best thing you can do for her is to make her see someone about this and get properly diagnosed. Try to encourage her to tell her parents, school nurse or another adult who can help.

Also, to encourage her to eat healthy food such as salads, vegetables etc. which have very small calorific values and wont make her gain any weight.
But don't keep fussing.

Make sure she know you're there for her and care.
Try to sort this out before it get serious.
Good luck

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Re: My best friend might have an ED - January 10th 2009, 01:58 AM

Don't tell her to eat more. That's bad. Tell her how good she looks, but try not to feed the ED yourself by saying she looks great (if she's lost weight). That's all the information I can really give. Best of luck. You know you can PM me if you need to.
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