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10 Jan 2005

hi there

i know i am underweight and that i have major issues when it comes to eating food(i avoid most foods).what's worrying me,is that i'd like to know when is it necessary to go for treatment(say i am anorexic)....i'm too scared to go and see a gp,because i know he is going to say something very negative.i am 1,68 and weigh 46kg..........and yes,i am seeing a psychologist,but i dont know whether i am anorexic or not and i am too scared to find out......
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Anxious
You certainly have symptoms of anorexia, namely avoiding food, not eating, a starvation BMI of 16,3, fears, guilt, etc. So you need to go for help TODAY. Anorexia is an Eating Disorders, which need to be treated with a team approach. Ask your clinical psychologist 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 - I am rather puzzled that he/she is not already working on this. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, 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.
Go for expert help ASAP.
Best regards
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