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You Suspect Your Friend Has An Eating Disorder, But She Claims She Is Perfectly Healthy. . .

It's obvious to everyone under the sun, the moon and the stars thatNicole Richie is too thin. However, she is adamant about being a healthy girl who just happens to be naturally thin and petite. If you were her new man Brody Jenner or her pal Mischa Barton what would you do about approaching such a sensitive subject?

veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
---that's so tough....
shimmy33 shimmy33 11 years
one of my best friends is currently at a special rehab center for eating disorders... she has been in denial the entire time, & just recently admitted that yes, she needs help. it has been so painful to watch her lose more & more weight & still have her not think she has a problem. i say immediately talk to her parents & get her help- as soon as possible, before the situation gets even worse.
cera cera 11 years
I have a friend with a serious eating disorder that I've tried and tried to help. However, I realize that it's not going to be until she wants the help that she'll ever get it.. All I can do is be there for her, love her..and support her in any way she'll allow me to _____________________________________ People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. -Elizabeth Kler-Ross
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 11 years
She also said that during the simple life was when she was in rehab and thats why she gained so much weight. who knows
herbiefrog herbiefrog 11 years
karen carpenter was like a sacrifice... ...dont tell me its ...time for another ?
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 11 years
Nicole isnt naturally skinny.. she was actually kinda chubby in the old episodes of The Simple Life, Now shes just anorexic..
siouxsie siouxsie 11 years they do anorexics on that show?
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 11 years
Nicole was skinny before she went in to rehab. I saw some picture of her dated in 2000 I think.
bubblygirl bubblygirl 11 years
umm k i was in the hospital for 3 month b-cuz i was anorexic and let me tell u it sux so bad so i would most deffenetly talk to her parents about it before it got worse i wouldnt want my friend to go through what i did
Adriana42 Adriana42 11 years
this makes me think that Nicole Richie has no friends..
Queen-Lauren-IV Queen-Lauren-IV 11 years
My arse Nicole is "naturally skinny"! Hasn't anyone seen the first season of the Simple Life? Liar, Liar!
findblancomeow findblancomeow 11 years
no matter how much a person denies it, if they really have a problem, on some level they know. i had a friend back in high school that i was really concerned about. she wasn't nicole-skinny but she was definitely on the edge of unhealthy, and became really obsessive about her weight and food. i was young (15, 16?) and really didn't know how to handle the situation. i debated talking to her parents about it at one point but never did. after a few months she eased up ever-so-slightly, and i guess her controlling food habits/preoccupation with her weight became so normal to me i stopped noticing... a few years later the subject kind of came up, and she basically said that she knew she had a problem back then and she knew people knew that but never said anything to her about it. kind of her passive-aggressive way of saying, i know you knew and never took initiative to help me. we were very young back when all of this was happening, so i don't think that is exactly fair, nor do i think it was my responsibility, but that conversation has definitely stayed with me. it will probably be an uncomfortable conversation (which is why i avoided it) but i don't think you'll ever regret trying to do the right thing by your friend, and saying "you are the only one who really knows what is going on with you, but all signs point toward there being a problem and i'm really worried for you."
vmruby vmruby 11 years
i would be real truthful with her and do anything in my power to help and be there for her but like toronado said that person would have to want to be helped to start with or else the rest is useless.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 11 years
tell her straight what I think. My friend was obessed with being a tv presenter and a model and was competiting with the stupid girls by not eating I told her that she was being stupid and get a grip and get a proper job because at 27 you are already regarded in the industry as too old.....remember the song...Cruel to be Kind??? well that was me. It worked she has a job in films and she is healthy...
Toronado Toronado 11 years
It's very difficult to help someone who doesn't think they need it. Nicole Richie, who knows, she may well NOT be anorexic. But I do think she's in serious denial about the way she looks. She thinks collarbones and shoulderblades that jutt out rusty nails look good, for God's sake. How the hell do you reason with someone like that? I'd be very worried about my friend, but at the same time, it wouldn't be up to me to rescue her. She's gotta want it herself before any amount of intervention is successful.
rkdub rkdub 11 years
If you really care about someone you will do anything to help them.... this doesn't really apply, but my boyfriend has a horrendous medical history (he had cancer) and gets scared to go to the Dr. when he is having any kind of a problem because he thinks they are going to tell him he has cancer again.... So I have drug him kicking and screaming and cussing to every necessary doctor and almost destroyed our relationship by doing so, but now he is getting better, and appreciates what I did..... his quality of life was so low before because of how he felt about his situation, etc. so when he felt better about it he was happier and more self confident. It works out for the best. Besides, could you forgive yourself if something happened and you hadn't done EVERYTHING in your power to prevent it? I couldnt'.....
jerkygirl jerkygirl 11 years
It's really hard to convince a person with an eating disorder that they have one, because the harder you try to convince them, the more they dig in their heels. It's really not about food, but about having control over their bodies. It's really scary because they honestly can't see what they're doing to themselves sometimes until it's too late. Sugar Nicole, you weren't sappy at all, you're a brave woman to have faced up to that scary stuff. (((hug)))
lickety-split lickety-split 11 years
maybe she has another health issue that we don't know about and she prefers not to discuss it in public. when my father got cancer he didn't want people knowing. i don't know why, but he didn't. it was throat cancer, he had been a smoker when he was young, so maybe he was embarassed. anyway, he had surgery and they couldn't get it all so he had radiation therapy and durring the therapy he lost quiet a bit of weight and looked not great. that lasted about 9 months and it was a couple of years before he was back in the same shape he had been before the cancer.
cottoncatie cottoncatie 11 years
somebody has to do something if the person is not going to do something themselves. its the same w/ drugs and other destructive behaviors. somebody needs to take the 1st step.
sugar_nicole101 sugar_nicole101 11 years
i know my post was really sappy but i mean, its just what happens. [atleast in my case] =] very good poll btw.
sugar_nicole101 sugar_nicole101 11 years
well i made a post but for some reason it fucked up. it went something along the lines of: from personal experience all you can really do is be there for that person bcuz its a VERY touchy subject. write a letter or an email or even stage an intervention because like karen carpenter it can end up too late weither they develop healthy habits later on [like she did] or not. you'll more than likely be pushed away and hated on by who your trying to help, but its so worth it. becuz in the end when they realize it they'll love you more because they know it was out of me and my mom. i hated her for trying to help me and making me see drs and whatever, but now me and her have the best relationship bcuz i know i can go to her for anything.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 11 years
Yeah. I love Karen. And if someone doesn't help Nicole she'll end up just like her.
sugar_nicole101 sugar_nicole101 11 years
well from experience..i'd bring it up lightly. maybe write her an email or a letter. i wouldnt push the topic, just try to be there for her and let her know i love her. its a very very touchy subject and you'll more than likely be pushed away so its hard, but so worth it to help her. =] and you cant really help someone if they dont want it [in ANY situation] but always be there for them bcuz in the end its all for the best. =] like..i love my mom for trying to help even though i was total bitch but now i know that shes always there for me and we're closer now.
jennifer76 jennifer76 11 years
Didn't Karen Carpenter's family think she'd bounce back until it was too late? You have to try to help before it goes too far.
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