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ERIC Number: ED303740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 10
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Anorexia Nervosa: An Overview for the School Counselor.
Nufrio, Ronald M.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder which affects thousands of people every year. Ninety-five percent of all anorexics are females with the peak age of onset between 14 and 18. While anorexics fit into no specific stereotype, high-risk candidates are often perfectionists and model children who exhibit self-doubt, high conformity, emotional control, inhibited interpersonal relationships, and lack of assertiveness. Danger signals of anorexia include not eating, depression, lack of motivation, reclusive behavior, irritability, excessive exercise, a change in academic standing, hyperactivity, and increased perfectionism. Other noticeable signs include thinning and drying of hair, cold sensitivity, dry skin, and brittle nails. Anorexics often try to hide their weight loss by wearing bulky clothes. While anorexia nervosa is a treatable disease, treatment can take years to complete. Counselors can implement a prevention program in the school. The elementary counselor can develop a program to build students' self-esteem and teach problem-solving skills. Secondary counselors can continue the self-esteem building activities. They can administer the Eating Disorder Instrument and use its results along with referrals and observations to begin individual and small-group counseling sessions for at-risk students. Counselors can also work with teachers and parents, make literature on anorexia available, and work with other staff members to develop curricula to prevent anorexia. Counselors, parents, teachers, administrators, and the medical community must work together to combat anorexia nervosa. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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