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I’m worried that my friend has an eating disorder.

Question : I’m really worried that my best friend has a body image problem that’s out of control. She is constantly on some diet and skips meals and then binges on junk at random times of the day. And then she goes to the bathroom and throws up. When this started she used to say that she was feeling sick so had to vomit. I’ve tried to talk to her about it but she told me that I’m just jealous that she’s becoming thin and I’m not. But honestly she’s not really losing weight. I think her parents have noticed and are always nagging her to eat but she doesn’t listen. I want to help her but I don’t know who will take this seriously. Help! Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I appreciate your concern about your friend and from what you’ve described; it’s quite likely that your friend is suffering from a problem which has stemmed from a serious body image/emotional issue.

However, let’s understand how this happens. It could be rooted in major life transitional phases, stressful life events or trauma. Also in a culture obsessed with good looks and size zero, many people take extreme measures to fit in which has a deep behavioural, physical and psychological impact. In this case the person doesn’t have a healthy coping strategy and develops an unhealthy.....

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