What is Bulimia & Anorexia Nervosa?
Health Risks, Dangers, Side Effects 

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diet & Health Article: Questions & Answers - Eating Disorders

Bulimia & Anorexia. Know one thing, if nothing else. Bulimia and Anorexia are killers; their victims are almost always young people desperately seeking an acceptable image from society.

Below is a sampling of the questions that have raised by readers who have responded to our previous the Bulimia & Anorexia Nervosa article.

The life you save may be your own, your best friend, a daughter, a son, even the life of a stranger.

1. What is the best thing I can do to help someone with Bulimia or Anorexia?

Bulimia and Anorexia require professional help, so if you truly want to help someone with these disorders, encourage them to see their physician immediately.

2. I think my boyfriend may have Anorexia Nervosa. Can males get this disease?

Yes; Anorexia strikes both males and females.

3. I have a friend who throws up every time they eat. I am afraid for my friend, but I don't want to destroy our friendship.

I know if I mention this to my friend or anyone else, my friend will not be my friend anymore.

A true friend is there through good times, as well as the bad.

By encouraging your friend to seek professional help you are being a true friend. Cross that Bridge of Friendship and take it all the way.

4. As a parent, what can I do to ensure that my child doesn't become a victim of Anorexia?

Take time out to sit down and frankly discuss Anorexia. The discussion should be informative - not presented as a lecture. Also, offer healthy foods at mealtimes, encourage exercise, and discuss body image.

5. My friend passed out when she was visiting me last week and it frightened me.

She had just thrown up her food. What should I do if this happens again? I wouldn't feel right telling anyone. She trusts me with her secret. If I tell anyone, I'll feel guilty because I betrayed her. What can I do?

Your friend is suffering from malnutrition and needs professional help as soon as possible.

Symptoms ranging from dizziness to headaches may occur with this eating disorder. Eventually, the body will shut down. Vital organs will be destroyed. Death will occur if untreated - and even if it is treatable, damage to the vital organs may not be reversible.

Simply put, your friend can die. If that occurs, think of the guilt you'll feel then. You can help your friend most by helping them get the professional help they need without delay.

If you or someone you know is battling with an eating disorder, please seek your doctor's sage guidance and treatment.

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