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10 Apr 2006

eating disorder
Hi Doc
I have an eating disorder which i am finding extremely difficult to overcome. I have always had problems with my weight, constantly dieting and i have to watch what i eat all the time. I am terribly paranoid about putting on weight and i obsess about what i look like. I do eat healthily and i know how to eat healthily but after a couple days of eating healthily, i still get cravings for unhealthy foods and thats where my weak points are. I eveintually binge and induce vomiting beacuse i feel so guilty. How can i surpress these cravings/binges?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tracy
I am very worried about you. You must do something immediately about this problem. Anorexia and bulimia 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. 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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