If your partner suffers from anorexia and bulimia, they likely need professional help. But a couple struggling with the effects of the pressures of an eating disorder may need a little outside help.
Though eating disorders are more frequently reported in women than in men, they occur among both genders.
Watching these things happen to someone you love is difficult, but don't become a "food cop" and intrude into your partner's eating habits, force-feed them, punish them with a lack of emotional support, or threaten to leave. A better plan is to have a conversation about what you're noticing and to suggest third-party professional help.
Find out what support your community may have by calling local hospitals and treatment facilities, and be willing to go with your partner to establish treatment.
How one sees their own body becomes a major problem, and negative comments or jokes can contribute to extreme behavior. Instead of feeling supportive and wanting to help, many partners feel rejected and unloved.
By the time Chaya was accepted into an eating-disorder treatment program in 2007, she weighed 52 pounds. Her hair and teeth had fallen out, and her pulse was a dangerously low 28, less than half a normal reading. Chaya, an Orthodox woman whose anorexia had brought her to the brink of death, recovered after her stint in the treatment program—but her harrowing experience was far from over.
This includes sufferers who show the respective symptoms (signs of illness) but not to a sufficient extent to justify a diagnosis of "anorexia".
However, much more frequent in Germany is "eating disorder not otherwise specified".
Accordingly, they keep a strict diet, exercise excessively or steer themselves against a supposed weight gain following "binge eating" by vomiting, taking laxatives, diuretics or other medications.
Despite this underweight, sufferers find themselves too fat and live in constant fear of gaining weight.
Helpful information and links The typical sign of anorexia (full medical term: anorexia nervosa) is having strong underweight.
“There’s nothing inherent in Orthodoxy that causes an eating disorder,” said Hilary Brodsky, a licensed social worker who works with several Orthodox patients.
When their daughter fell dangerously ill five weeks ago, Stephen and Julia Hollings hoped that the health service would be there to help them.