It's better if I make a list of behaviours here rather than putting it in a paragraph, because I feel as if it would be easier to read that way. My friend has been displaying some concerning behaviours.
-In the morning for breakfast she eats salad, she was excited this morning because she put ham in her salad. She eats salad for breakfast every morning.
-Today we had to escort groups of ten year olds round our school to do the grammar test. Whilst we were waiting outside the room I heard her stomach growling, mine followed suit so I went to find some biscuits, offering one to her to which she told me 'I don't like biscuits'.
-As she hadn't brought anything to do, she spent the entirety of these four hours of tests pacing up and down the hall and clicking her fingers.
-Sometimes she sits at her desk and cuts the ends of her hair milimeter by milimeter with great attention to detail.
-We went to the beach the week before results day and stopped in the shop to get food beforehand, she bought a packet of dolly mixtures and told me they were fattening but she'd eat a few anyway.
-When I went on her tablet that afternoon I found several weight loss apps.
-She never eats lunch apart from on a Friday at school which is fish and chip day. She either eats salad for breakfast and then dinner or I imagine salad for breakfast then lunch.
I went through a similar phase myself however this was when I was eleven and was entirely for social reasons, e.g. starting at a new school I was accustomed to eating with people and hadn't yet made friends so I ate a cereal bar at lunch and then my dinner.
So I'm aware that she probably has eating issues, she tells us that she's fat constantly but unfortunately perhaps I began to grow accustomed to it until these recent behaviours.
I can't miss a meal otherwise I end up getting low blood sugar, and I feel the nausea build up inside of me along with fatigue. So I pose these questions:
How can she survive all day on almost 0 calories? How is she still so alert and manic when theoretically she should have no energy? And how do I help her? I can't imagine it can be a happy existence getting excited about adding ham to your lettuce for breakfast or eating 3 sweets as a treat for yourself.
Concerned for a friend
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