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Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Eating Disorders
By Drdo1 on Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 3:34 am:

Looking for a center, clinic, hospital or doctor that deals with (Japanese) women with eating disorders. A friend is anorexia, & is trying to gain weight. Has tried Chinese medicines, massage, many homopathic treatments. Was told by her regular doc., that she does not need to be hospitalized. I strongly disagree. Need someone to refer her to, who deals with this a lot (with Japanese women.)

Do you know of a clinic or person? What can I do for my friend in the meantime?


By Yuko_k on Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 11:40 am:


There are of course plenty of specialists that deal with wait problems for local women, be it for physical problems or psychiatric problems.

If you're looking for recommendations from former patients, you should specify her location. Otherwise, whenever I don't know where to begin, I give my local public health center (hokenjo) a call. They can also give advise to third parties, so you can give the call yourself. I think most hokenjo in Tokyo can find a way to assist you with interpreting service.

Btw, I can understand that if it's coming from stress, hospitalizing may not always be the best answer. She may need to find a way to stop worrying about it. Just a thought.

By Kurz on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 12:13 pm:

People who have starved for a long time, do not put on weight easily. It takes a long time for their bodies to learn how to store excess calories. If you can not find a specialist to help, you can still read more about the subject and learn the process of training the body to gain weight. In the meantime, here are some tried and true favorites to help make sure that the starved person is getting enough nutrients.

It's a slow process, but this will get that person going in the right direction.
In the morning:
Pieces of whole fruit (apple slices, orange slices)
and fresh carrot juice (buy whole carrots, get a proper juicer, and make it fresh, start with half a glass and increase up to a full glass with the ability to drink it all)
Around noon:
Dates, nuts, whole meal toast, maybe with tomato sauce on it (like a pizza toast)
Dinner: Green salad, and some small portion of meat/fish.
A banana or a piece of a banana can be eaten anytime!

The idea is not to ask the person to eat a lot. They won't want to, and they may even have trouble keeping it down. Let them increase their intake slowly over time, as they are ready. In the winter, try getting them to drink clear broths as a hot beverage instead of tea or coffee. You simply put a small bullion cube in the cup of hot water. Or miso shiro, since we are in Japan!

If the do the carrot juice, religiously, every day, they will start getting better. Not the stuff in the carton from the store (though this could be used in an emergency, but has about 10% of the value of freshly made carrot juice) ! Fresh carrot juice is a better replacement than soy milk for newborn babies who can't keep down mother's milk or cow's milk. (Yes, this does happen sometimes).

Also, don't try to make a bunch of fresh carrot juice ahead of time. The nutrients culled in the juicing process by breaking the cell walls (of the carrot) start going "off" after about 30 minutes. You won't get sick if you drink it, but you will lose the benefit of having even bothered to do the work of making it fresh, by 50 to 60% after an hour or so.

Don't try to make the person eat heavy foods with lots of fats. This can actually cause more problems, if they are not accustomed to these foods. In fact, it is now being acknowledged that a lot of very obese people may in fact be under-nourished. Their body is desperately storing up to make up for some fundamental deficiency(ies).

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