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An_224690 posted:
I'm not too sure if this is the right place to post this...sorry if it's in the wrong category.

I have a friend who I am really worried about. She's 30 years old, a mom to three young girls (ages 10, 7, and 4). The past six months have been bad; her husband was fired, turned out to be a complete fake, and he up and left her, moved to another part of the country. She was left to keep raising her three girls, while still working, and trying to sort out her life. Basically, it's been really stressful for her (as is expected). Despite being a chef and teaching her children solid nutritional values, my friend has dropped from 135 pounds to 100 pounds, from November 2010 to yesterday's informal weigh-in. She's finally starting to see that she's really skinny (Easter photos were just developed), but she's just not eating enough. I don't think she's intentionally trying to lose weight (I think it's stress), but she has admitted that she doesn't exactly want to gain all that weight back.

What do I do? I can't exactly talk to a teacher or counselor. I mean, she's 30 years old! I'm worried about her, but I'm also worried about her kids; her eldest daughter is healthy, but her body shape isn't skinny-skinny, and when I hear her mom reply to someone, "Oh, I'm not that skinny," I cringe, wondering what her daughter must think about herself...

I don't know..I'm kind of at a loss here. She is waving this off, as if it's no big deal, but she does get worried as she's seeing the scale number go lower. She told me once that if she hit 99 pounds, she'd have to go to the hospital. But knowing her, she wouldn't go even if she did hit it; she's got it stuck in her head that she can't stop taking care of everyone else to focus on herself....

*sighs* I apologize for the rambling. I'm just worried about her and I don't know what to do. When it comes to anorexia, what are the feeding plans? If she simply increases her food intake--regardless of how "full" she feels---will it help raise her weight or just crash her system?

I'm panicking, I suppose; her rent is up after June, and her only option right now is to move back home, to the midst of a very dysfunctional family, and I know her health will only get worse.

I would know what to do if this concerned a teenager like myself...but what am I supposed to do when it's a single 30 year-old mother with three children, a job, and apparently no options?
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