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18 Jul 2006

Sister visiting pro anorexia sites.
Dear CS
Varsity started yesterday so im back at the uni and im in the hostel. I had a quick break and came to the resource room.
What I actually want to know is, and tell you, is that I discovered my sister of 19 are visiting pro anorexia websites and physically writes down every tip and trick she reads on that forums. I think she weighs about 48kg, wears a size 4 pants… how can she possible see herself as fat? And believe me, trying to talk her out of it did not help either. Our parents are more out of town than here. I am really worried about my sister, she is very talented and a gifted child. Why is she doing this?

Can it be attention? Or a psychological problem?

Im a law student and do not know much about psychology.

And believe me, I doubt my parents would like to hear about this as they are always too busy to be around.

What can I do for my sister? How can I help her?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

One doesn't support censorship, but these pro-anrexia sites are truly, truly sick, and the peple responsible for creating and hosting such sites ought to be ahshamed of themselves. What next --- pro-cancer sites to help people be cancerous ?
Whatever she is doing is not likely to be about attention. And it has been shown by research that anorexic people have a profoundly distorted sense of self and a distorted perception of their own shape and size. Your parents do need to realize that this is a serious illness from which young people can still die, and not something to be ignored while they pursue whatever else they are keeing so busy with.
You won't be able to "talk her out of it" --- especially as the sickos on the pro-abnorexia sites are so busy talking her into it. Would there be any chance to at least persuade her to see a good local shrink interested in eating disorders, for adssessment and advice ?
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