Home > Ask Our Experts > Is My Friends Eating Disorder Common?

Is My Friends Eating Disorder Common?

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 30 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Is My Friends Eating Disorder Common?

Q.I have a friend with an eating disorder and he doesn't know what it is. He's had it since he was a baby, his twin brother also has it. If he's not ready/willing/comfortable eating something he will throw it back up. Do you have any idea what it is?

(Ms L W, 21 September 2008)

A.

Eating disorders are very complicated issues and your friend could be suffering from a number of possible problems all of which should be mentioned to his doctor.

Many people think of eating disorders as being a conscious problem that the person has initial control over; is a common misconception and is not true. Several illnesses have the possibility to cause a person to lose their appetite, be unable to take food or be unable to digest it properly,all of which can leave the person appearing to suffer from anorexia or bulimia.As your friend has suffered from this problem since he was a baby there is a chance it may be related to an undiagnosed hernia or problem with the digestive tract; the oesophagus in particular.

Another possible option is that your friend has severe food allergies or intolerance's and his body simply cannot process the food once it is in his system.

You do not mention whether there are any types of food that your friend can tolerate or whether this happens with every meal, gets worse at certain times or if he himself has identified any triggers.

Many babies are born with a decreased ability to digest food and will vomit frequently but this often resolves as the baby grows, usually around one year of age. If your friend has been suffering for most of his life can it be assumed that his doctor is already aware of the problem? If this is so, it may be worth seeking a second opinion as there is very probably a determinable cause to his problem.

Any long term vomiting must be assessed by a medical professional as it may be a sign that something is wrong or perhaps it can be cured very easily allowing your friend to enjoy a normal diet without the fear of being sick.There is a chance that it is psychological in theory though as his twin suffers as well this may be less likely.

Your friend really should explore all avenues to try and find the cause of this problem as he may be putting himself at risk of developing other disorders and is missing out on the joy of eating a nice meal with family and friends.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Karl
    Re: Eating by Texture
    Continued from my post below. There appears to be a maximum amount of characters. ....I no longer "fear" cooked vegetables however I just…
    20 July 2017
  • Sarah
    Re: Pica Disorder
    I'd love to think there is a cure to stop me from eating so many bubbles I went to my doctor and she said she had never heard anything like it and…
    17 July 2017
  • Rosco
    Re: Eating by Texture
    @Aidan - it's all about trying to educate yourself by trying new things little and often. Along with fatty foods, carbohydrates are the worst…
    14 July 2017
  • Aidan
    Re: Eating by Texture
    Hi my name is Aidan for as long as I remember the only things I eat are chicken nuggets, breaded fish, pasta and bread. I'm 18 now and I wiegh…
    13 July 2017
  • EatingDisorderExpert
    Re: Pica Disorder
    Tink - Your Question:I know I have PICA. I have been eating washing powder for over 20 + years. I feel that it may have something to do with being anem
    13 July 2017
  • Jolyne
    Re: Pica Disorder
    Since I was a kid I've bubbles and foam from soap and bubble bath. I would even put the foam in my mouth despite the irritating feeling and taste. I…
    13 July 2017
  • Tink
    Re: Pica Disorder
    I know I have PICA. I have been eating washing powder for over 20 + years. I feel that it may have something to do with being anemic of some sort.…
    12 July 2017
  • rache
    Re: Dental Damage and Eating Disorders
    @Em - I'd go and see a doctor before it gets out of hand. Once you're get stuck in the routine of not eating and worrying…
    10 July 2017
  • Bea90
    Re: Eating by Texture
    @Karl - thanks. This has put my fear into perspective. It's been such a nuisance in my life. Eggs and cheese being my worst fear. I can't…
    10 July 2017
  • Karl
    Re: Eating by Texture
    I am a 36 year old fussy eater. As a child, I ate no vegetables (accept deep fried chips) and no meat (accept sausages). I was able to maintain…
    9 July 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the EatingDisorderExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.