Recognizing that a problem may exist is crucial. Rarely are people aware of this problem themselves because this disease is defined by a distorted view of their own body image or weight. Family member or friend must recognize the possibility of a medical or psychiatric problem.

  1. A person with anorexia nervosa often resists questioning and is extremely secretive, usually denying any problem and making excuses for weight loss or eating habits.
  2. If pressed on the subject, the person may become angry or withdrawn, further complicating attempts by others to help.
  3. If you think a friend or family member has a problem, get that person to a physician, even if she or he strongly resists cooperating.
  4. There is no home remedy.