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.
- 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.
- If pressed on the subject, the person may become angry or withdrawn, further complicating attempts by others to help.
- 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.
- There is no home remedy.