Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

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Prepare for a long road

Your help is needed and is critical for your daughter's health.

Janet Treasure (1997)

Recognizing anorexia … how can you be sure that your daughter is not suffering from some other physical illness? Other illnesses too can cause weight loss. You may have noticed changes over some time, but only at a later date realized that they may be significant, by which time your daughter has lost a large amount of weight and Anorexia, possibly aided and abetted by Bulimia, has taken over. Both Anorexia and Bulimia are very skilful at hiding what they are doing, at sounding quite reasonable when they state why they are not seeing friends, why frequent visits to the bathroom are necessary. Many parents, when finally recognizing the scale of the problem, wonder why they didn't become aware much earlier. In my own case, I was utterly blind. When Jay immediately went upstairs after eating a hearty meal to her room “to watch TV”, I thought nothing of it. After all, I didn't watch the soaps, didn't want the TV on where I was sitting and imagined it was thoughtful of her to spare me all the melodrama by watching TV in her bedroom. Had I known that before watching the first of the soaps she visited the toilet, I doubt if at that time I would have

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