Tips

Remember, for a person living with an eating disorder, recovery begins with accepting themselves as they are.

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.