When your daughter has anorexia

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  • Clare Dunkle's daughter had anorexia in her teens
  • Elena's anorexia stemmed from being raped at age 13

(CNN)In 2002, close to my daughter Elena's 14th birthday, her whole personality seemed to change. She became tense and silent, and she developed insomnia. Most troubling at all, she became skinny and stopped growing. Her rising anxiety seemed to keep her from being able to relax enough to enjoy a meal.

The changes we saw in Elena's weight and behavior worried her fat