I used to have an eating disorder, and I see myself when she talks about herself. We were eating lunch (just us) and she complained about how fat she was again. Since she always does, and I've never seen her eat, I started wondering if she had an eating disorder. So I asked her how much she eats and she said 500 calories a day. I heard that you have to have at least 1200 calories, so does that make her anorexic? I only ate 4 Saltines (60 calories) a day so I don't know. I also told her that if she is, she'd either end up dead or wishing she was. If so, I'm definitly going to tell her parents because no human being should go through the hell of anorexia/bulemia.
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Having an eating disorder isn't just about how many calories you do (or don't) consume.
Some fad diets involve very few calories per day - they're certainly very unhealthy, but not necessarily a sign that everyone on them has a diagnosable eating disorder.
But your friend's intake is certainly unhealthy and dangerous. The general recommendation from doctors seems to be that teenage girls need at least in the region of 1600 to 2200 calories per day, more if they're involved in sports or other physical activity.
It might be a good idea to try to talk to your friend about your worries. You can explain how unhealthy it is to try to live on that little nourishment, and that her behaviour reminds you of yourself when you had an eating disorder. See how she responds to that, and if she's able to listen to your concerns.
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