What can I do to help?
- Encourage decision making and responsibility to enhance a sense of control
- Encourage the seeking of professional help
- Do not make your love of them conditional on health, weight, appearance or achievements. Express your caring and interest in them getting well
- Don’t make comments, either positive or negative, on their appearance, weight or eating habits, as they may be taken the wrong way
- Ask what you can do to help and show that you want to hear their feelings without judgement
- Maintain your relationship as normally as possible
- Do fun things together and engage in social activities that don’t involve food
- Learn as much as you can about the disorder
- Realise that their is no quick solution
- Take care of yourself too. Make sure you take time from yourself and have your own supports.
Remember, for a person living with an eating disorder, recovery begins with accepting themselves as they are. Therefore, your acceptance of them and your unconditional respect will be a source of invaluable support.