Before the class, James appeared to follow a healthy, balanced diet, but it soon became apparent that he was suffering from an eating disorder. He became increasingly fussy and would often skip meals.
In October 2010, his weight plummeted to below five stone and his parents were forced to seek medical help.
With a body mass index of only 14, James was well below the healthy average for his age.
Mrs Fieldsend said: “He took part in an exercise in which pupils had to talk about the food they ate at home. They were given a star if healthy meals and a cross for junk food.”
Since the class, James would refuse to eat anything deemed unhealthy and his parents assumed it was simply a passing fad.
Over time, James began to develop worrying symptoms such as anaemia, heart palpitations and aching joints.
He is now being treated with the help of a dietician. According to his parents, James refuses to socialise or leave the house when he is not attending college. They have since called for more public awareness and understanding of anorexia in males.
Some hypnotherapists deal with eating disorders. It is used to find the route of the problem by viewing it from an emotional perspective. Hypnotherapy can be used to improve self-confidence and help sufferers to view themselves in a more positive light. Find a hynotherapist dealing with eating disorders.
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