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23 Feb 2004

bulemic-anorexic sister
My sisters been anorexic & bulemic for a few years now (bulemic longer than anorexic, thats about 7 or 8 years or something like that), last year she was at rehab for about 3 months, but she's still the same, still anorexic and bulemic.She almost died 3 times from renal failure, liver problems etc. She drinks and smokes still, and she steels money from the rest of our family and denies it. Any suggestions on how to get her back to normal?We're all tired of it, and she's putting strain on everyone especially my family. Please advise me?
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Tired
I can understand that you and your family must all be under the most dreadful strain because of your sister's Eating Disorder. I don't know where you live, but if you are in the Cape Town area then contact the Kenilworth Clinic at: (021) 797-1400. In the Johannesburg area, there is the Tara Hospital and in KwaZulu-Natal I believe the Riverside Manor (033) 701-1911 can provide help. If you live in other parts of the country it may help to phone the Kenilworth Clinic to ask them for advice. The problem with anorexics/bulimics is that they are obsessed with the idea that they are 'fat' even when they are skin and bone. This is due to a distorted self-image. Another factor that plays a role is their self-loathing. It may help to sit your sister down and tell her that if she goes on like this she will die and that she is the only person who can change the situation, thus you suggest that she goes to one of these clinics for help. She may also enjoy the attention her condition is getting in the family and if you tell her that you have reached the end of your tether and can no longer support her if she does not go for help, then it may give her a wake-up call.
I feel for you
DietDoc
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