Food can heal; food can hurt. Why is it so difficult to believe it can fuel an addiction? People are told, instead, that they lack will power. While some use food to sooth emotional problems, etc...there are those who do have food addictions. Good luck managing yours!
Food can and is a very powerful addiction to many. In my research writing my book, I found that many alcoholics and drug addicts, particularly women, have food disorders as well. These are taken very seriously as many with food addiction/disorders are of a fragile nature. Not because they are weak but because food, something we must consume daily, is their demon.
Those of you with food addictions are no different than those of us with alcohol/drug addictions. It is one day at a time and we have to turn our will and lives over to a Higher Power...whatever or whomever that is for you.
Eat scheduled meals at the dinner table. Don't keep food in your car, desk or nightstand. Lock your purse in the trunk when you go out so drive-thru restaurants aren't accessible. Find someone who will hold you accountable.
A few years back, well several to be exact - I did attend one of their meetings.
It is basically like Alcoholics Anonymous - use the same set up, but geared to food instead of alcohol.
With an anorexic daughter - personally, I don't think it would work as she has the opposite problem - not eating.
Overeaters Anonymous helps folks like myself figure out why they overeat, find solutions to not overeat and of course get support and encouragement from other members. The meetings are usually free unless the person leading the meetings decides to do membership fees.
From my reading - I would encourage the parent to get medical help ASAP. We are losing so many of our young people to this disease. Some hide it so well with wearing baggy clothes. They also recommend counseling that is geared to the issues that a person may be dealing with. Usually it may be low self esteem or peer pressure to be thin.
Thank you very much for your comment Angela, I will pass on what you say to my friend - her daughter is in therapy as we speak and so all of us friends are holding thumbs for a good result.
It also seems that it is a self image and a cry for attention - though just saying it like that doesn't seem to be enough for the damages caused by anorexia and the absolute defiance of everything anyone says to her.
What is it that makes children hate themselves so? What is is that will make a child hurt herself so?