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Anorexia is a serious eating disorder where people try to starve themselves. It usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss, usually as much as 15% below their normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but convince themselves that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained in many different ways, including excessive exercise, taking laxatives and not eating.
Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat and their dieting habits develop from this fear. People with anorexia continue to think of themselves as overweight even after they have become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people, or they sometimes prepare substantial meals for others while refusing to eat anything themselves.


Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.


Psychotherapists work with children and young people as well as their parents and families. They are able to treat a wide range of difficulties including problems with sleeping and bed-wetting to eating disorders, self-harm, depression and anxiety. Child and adolescent psychotherapists also play an important role supporting other professionals who work with children and young people, including teachers, social workers, youth workers and other mental health professionals. They do this through training, supervision and consultation. Child and adolescent psychotherapists offer positive long-term outcomes for the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

"You have helped us to understand that his behaviour is not about being provocative, it is because he is terrified. We have manage to find ways of understanding his fears and using story cards and pictures so that school is less of a scary place for him. We did not realise how much we would gain from having your insight into his feelings, his own little world."Headteacher talking about a five year old boy on the autistic spectrum
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Anorexia mainly affects adolescent girls.
The disorder is thought to be most common among people of higher socioeconomic classes and people involved in activities where thinness is considered normal, such as dancing, theatre, and distance running.

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