Our expert says:
I also think that your sister urgently requires help because she is suffering from an eating disorder and this can ruin her health. Eating Disorders need to be treated with a team approach. Please persuade her to consult a clinical psychologist (they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer her), to help her work out what underlying psychological problems are driving her to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. She should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist her to get back to eating normally again and lose the extra weight she has suddenly gained. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. If you are in Gauteng then it may help to contact Tara Hospital as they have an Eating Disorder clinic (phone (011) 783-2010. In Cape Town and environs you can contact the Kenilworth Clinic (021) 797-1400 and in KwaZulu Natal there is Riverview Manor (033) 701-1911, or contact them on: www.riverviewmanor.co.za
Try to get her to go for expert help ASAP.
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