Our expert says:
Well, from your description, it certainly sounds as though she has a serious eating disorder. And unfortunately it is typical that the person denies that there is anything wrong, and for them to resist the the treatment they need. It is also a dangerous condition what seriously damages the person's health.
Whether there is any way to arrange for her to be compulsorily seen by a psychiatrist for assessment and diagnosis, is controversial. Perhaps you could usefully discuss it with her GP ? Were she to become so ill that she needed to be rushed to a hospital as an emergency, she could be assessed. There is provision within the law that where someone is ill in a way that endanger their own health or the safety of others, then they can be seen and assessed by doctors and psychiatrists even without their consent, especially if members of their family do ask for this, and with the approval of 2 doctors, they can be compulsorily admitted to hospital for further assessment and treatment.
To protect the rights of the individual this is not an easy thing to do, but it is possible. Your family doctor, and a local lawyer, could advise on whether this is practical in her particular situation. Otherwise, sadly, one may have to wait for her to get more obviouly sick, for this method to be invoked.
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