Short of major long-term changes in the larger society, the best strategy for prevention of anorexia is the cultivation of healthy attitudes toward food, weight control, and beauty (or body image) within families.
In some cases, the doctor may give the patients the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) or a similar screening questionnaire to help determine whether the patient is at risk for developing anorexia or bulimia.
But, it is a problem that is just as dangerous and just as difficult to deal with as the restrictive eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) -- perhaps more so, as food cannot be "cut out" of one's life the way other addictions can.
Many have speculated that her breakup with Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III was at the root of her decision to leave New York, but her personal battle with anorexia nervosa may have also influenced her need to return home.
The bingeing and purging activity associated with this disorder can cause severe damage, even death, although the risk of death is not as high as for anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that leads to excessive weight loss.
Understanding how does the media influence anorexia on teenagers, will help you put your thoughts and feelings into perspective when seeing misrepresentations of how teenagers should look in magazines and on television.
If your loved one is overly obsessed with nutrition such as reading about it and looking up calories and fat grams of every morsel of food that enters his/her mouth, this could also signal a problem with anorexia.
In some cases, the doctor may give the patient the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) or a similar screening questionnaire to help determine whether the patient is at risk for developing anorexia or bulimia.
The doctor will also need to distinguish between anorexia and other psychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder.
The University of Michigan Health System has created an eating disorders page aimed at parents, with a basic overview of anorexia and bulimia, signs of an eating disorder, and links to relevant articles.