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When Dieting Is Out of Control

Dr. Maria Baratta on ABC.com.

National Association of Social Workers member Dr. Maria Baratta recently appeared on ABC.com to talk about the signs a person may have an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa.

To watch Baratta on ABC.com click here.

Baratta, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, PhD, author of “Skinny Revisited: Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa and its Treatment” ($26.99, NASW Press), explained that anorexia is a form of extreme self loathing about body image.

A person may have this disorder if they diet to extremes, denying themselves food even though they may be starving. Or they may constantly ask family and friends, “Am I too fat?”

“If you see a person having a granola bar for breakfast, a granola bar for lunch and a granola bar for dinner you know that is not a normal form of eating,” she said.

To learn more about how social workers help clients overcome anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Eating Disorders Web pages by clicking here.

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