January 31, 2011

Anorexic model dies aged 28

At the end of 2010 one of the leaders of an effort to warn about the dangers of eating disorders died of anorexia.

Caro’s story is tragic. A potentially long and rewarding life was cut short from this terrible disease. Anorexia is a disorder that is out of control.

MTV: Anorexic French Model Isabelle Caro Dead

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First, it is vital that the problem be treated as soon as possible. The more chronic a disease; the more complicated and difficult it is to treat.

The most important resource for sufferers of eating disorders is their family and the people close to them. The aim should be to seek treatment that involves the family and other significant people in the sufferer’s life.

Families and parents should not feel guilty but remain hopeful. There is effective treatment and there is hope. Doing nothing however, is not helpful – instead they should collectively seek help.

It is important to understand that one of the things that ironically undermines progress for eating disorders is families and sufferers having a false sense of hope. Hoping against hope that the problem will suddenly go away can keep people from seeking treatment. And the longer you wait, the more difficult the eating disorder is to treat.

When the body weight gets so low, the voices begin and the sufferer cannot voluntarily just sit down and eat. That’s why there needs to be outside support and treatment.

Your General Practitoner (family doctor) is an essential first stop in seach for help. The GP can evaluate the eating disorder, and refer you to specialist treatment if necessary.

Our website seeks to help with these problems

This site provides information and a tools for sufferers and their families. Letters are encourged.

The goal is help suffers and their families to address the key issues with anorexia nervosa and compulsive over eating: relationships, isolation and conflict avoidance.

With bulimia nervosa and compulsive over eating two things help transform those problems. These are addressing those conflicts and diminishing isolation through social connectedness. The site is geared to help people share their stories of they have connected with other and how they are able to address conflicts in their lives.

There is a Bulimia Nervosa and Compulsive Over Eating Work Sheet to help you understand the relationship between your eating problem and relationships.

We welcome your participation in both sites.

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