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Question:

My husband was diagnosed with anorexia in high school; he is now 33. He now projects his eating disorder onto me and tries to control my eating habits.

He wants to stop, but we cannot find any resources out there to help us with this sort of "projected" anorexia. Can you please offer suggestions?

Answered by: Evelyn Attia

Recovery from anorexia nervosa generally aims to help individuals regain their normal weight AND normal ideas about body shape and weight not just for the patient, but for those people around him or her.

With that said, many individuals with a history of an eating disorder have residual ideas that relate to their history of illness. When symptoms affect other family members, there may be a role for family therapy or couples therapy to identify problem patterns and help develop solutions.