I Have A Friend That Only Eats Enough To Get By. She Will Only Eat About Once A Week. Would That Be Considered A Eating Disorder?

Hi Mindy: I Would Definitely
Amy Colwell – 11/29/2011 – 08:02

Hi Mindy:

I would definitely say that your friend is showing symptoms of an eating disorder. It is not possible to provide enough nourishment for one’s body, by only eating once per week.

Our bodies require regular fuel in the form of food in order to sustain regular metabolism and maintain health. Without adequate nourishment, your friend’s body will be unable to function properly; she may experience a number of damaging physical effects such as weakness and exhaustion, electrolyte imbalances, low blood pressure, anemia, or changes in brain chemistry (just to name a few). Your friend may also be coping with mood swings and depression which can be exacerbated by a lack of food.

An eating disorder is a serious illness which requires professional intervention. Your friend’s doctor can provide a diagnosis, and referrals for treatment and care.

Many individuals with anorexia resist getting help for their eating disorder. You can help by offering support and encouragement, and letting your friend know that you care. Don’t forget to take care of yourself as well.


Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.