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I believe my sister has an eating disorder, but does not clearly fit in any one category. I would like her to see a counselor for an eating disorder but she refuses to even entertain the subject. What is the best course of action? She is 20 years old.

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Hi....your sister is lucky

Hi....your sister is lucky that you have concerns and are trying to learn how to help her. A good many people don't fit a specific diagnosis for an ED, but that does not mean that they are any less ill. In fact, they may be even more ill overall. At the Treatment center where I work, many of our patients are diagnosed with EDNOS, because there are so many that don't fit a specific criteria perfectly. The difficulty for your sister (and you) is that b/c she is an adult, you cannot do much more than continue to express your concern and ask her to at least see a specialist for an assessment. There is no obligation in that. If you can tell her that you are worried, and that you want her to life a full and happy life, maybe she will at least take that first step. Good luck! ?

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