So one of my closest friends has a sister with an eating disorder. I know them really well so it's really hard for me to see them go through this...so here's the story: the girl is 16, she used to be overweight and dieted to lose weight. I guess she saw how much weight she was losing and kept going. But then she started to be obsessed and starved herself and would count calories and all that. Apparently this has been going on since she was 15. She lost way too much weight and it got serious. She is a very nice and smart girl. This is affecting her brain though..like she has negative thoughts about food and weight gain and all that.
I'm in psychology, so I told her sister to try talking to her gently and help her get everything out (like her thoughts and feelings and stuff). Also her family tried threatening (not in a mean way though) to put her in rehab away from home if she did not cooperate. But obviously that is not enough. I must say though that I don't think she needs professional help...she is not as bad as people with full-fledged anorexia nervosa are. Last I heard was today her parents couldn't handle it anymore and wanted to send her off to the rehab program starting tomorrow. But she promised them she would try harder so they said they'd give her another chance before turning to professional help.
Any advice? Or has anyone been in a similar situation....?
Please keep this family in your prayers.