Our expert says:
I agree with you that your daughter is already anorexic. Her present BMI = 16,5 which is below the normal range and in the anorexic range. The other symptoms - obsession with food, feelings of loss of control, fear of getting fat when she is already skin and bones, excessive exercise - these are all typical of an eating disorder. She needs professional help ASAP. Anorexia, bulimia and orthorexia are Eating Disorders, which need to be treated with a team approach. Please consult a clinical psychologist (they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you), to help you work out what underlying psychological problems are driving you to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. 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 . This is not something that the patient can cure on her own and it would be a tragedy if this illness interferes with her Matric.
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