Anorexia Nervosa Resources, Support and References

Anorexia Nervosa Support Groups

People suffering from anorexia nervosa may be battling this disorder secretly on their own without their family and friends noticing it, until the extreme weight loss becomes obvious. It may be a way for them to find some sense of control over emotionally stressful situations within their family, social and/or psychological lives—as a form of escape, numbing, or compensation for what they perceive to be lacking in themselves. For people suffering from anorexia, the disorder may have the tendency to isolate or alienate them from their family and friends, or to prevent them from forming meaningful relationships—especially if they are in denial about their disorder. The first step for such a person will then be to recognize that they have a psychological problem. This is crucial so that they can educate themselves about the disorder and somehow seek help to facilitate their recovery. It is also important to have a willingness to change one’s attitude, beliefs and practices, and a sincere desire to be healthy, physically and psychologically. As such, it may prove difficult for the family and friends of persons suffering from anorexia nervosa to convince their loved one that they need help. However, it is important to take the initiative to intervene in the person’s life since the disorder can be very deadly. It is crucial for parents, for example, to take the steps to make sure that their child receives proper medical and psychological attention and support. It is also important for them to conduct some self-analysis or perhaps go into family therapy to identify the familial factors that may have contributed or triggered the disorder. There is a recent danger that families and friends of persons suffering from anorexia nervosa must also watch out for with extreme vigilance. These are “pro-ana” groups and/or websites in the internet which encourage, support and give tips and tricks for anorexic practices. The following are some resources where people affected by anorexia nervosa and their families can find information and support services:


ANAD is a non-profit organization formed in 1976 which provides free services like information, support, campaigns, etc. They have an online helpline and a telephone hotline. is a pro-recovery website dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders and providing support for people with eating disorders and their loved ones.

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