What's Ailing You: Anorexia

When it comes to anorexia, educating family, friends or significant others, and encouraging the affected individual to reach out are incredibly important, a Connecticut health

News 12 Connecticut Health Reporter Gillian Neff spoke with medical professionals at The Renfrew Center in Greenwich who say food is on the brain constantly for people suffering from anorexia.

News 12 Connecticut Health Reporter Gillian Neff spoke with medical professionals at The Renfrew Center in Greenwich who say food is on the brain constantly for people suffering from anorexia. (10/3/13)

GREENWICH - When it comes to anorexia, educating family, friends or significant others, and encouraging the affected individual to reach out are incredibly important, a Connecticut health center says.

News 12 Connecticut Health Reporter Gillian Neff spoke with medical professionals at The Renfrew Center in Greenwich who say food is on the brain constantly for people suffering from anorexia.

Jamie Shumake, a clinical supervisor at the center, says once they are in contact with a person who has the eating disorder, an assessment team can recommend a care plan.

The plan could include residential treatment, a day treatment program that runs Monday through Friday, or intensive outpatient treatment three days a week.

Shumake says it's not unusual for the person with the eating disorder to feel ganged up on by family members. He says an expert can help family and friends come up with the best way to broach the subject with the person who needs help.

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