How to Approach a Loved One about Getting Eating Disorder Help

How to Approach a Loved One about Getting Eating Disorder HelpHaving a loved one struggle with an eating disorder is not only difficult, but also heartbreaking as you witness an intense struggle. As you watch the roller coaster of your loved one’s emotions, the stress and sadness of the disorder can sink in and quickly turn to anger. While there are ways your loved one can destroy her life, it is important to approach her in ways that can be beneficial to their treatment and recovery from this disorder.

Ways to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder

If you recognize an eating disorder in a loved one, you can help him if you take the following actions:

  • Understand. Above all else, it is crucial that you do your homework and educate yourself on eating disorders, as well as what it is like to live with one. No other steps in the process of helping your loved one will succeed if you cannot understand what it is like for him. Having a support system that is empathetic can help people overcome their problems.
  • No comments. Do not comment on her weight, or make any comments about any another person’s weight while in the presence of your loved one. Bringing up the subject of weight either in regards to your loved one or somebody else can prolong the disorder, as you are supporting the reasons to feed insecurity.
  • Show concern. Tell your loved one that you are concerned for him and that you want to be able to help him. Showing concern can be a double-edged sword, as you want to offer a helping hand, but your loved one may feel uncomfortable sharing this part of his life with anyone. By showing that you care, you are providing a support system for your loved one.
  • Do not blame your loved one for the disorder. Instead, to help voice your concern, explain to your loved one how you are feeling about the situation. Do not put the weight on her shoulders by telling her how she specifically is causing unrest in your life. Instead, tell her how you feel when you witness the kinds of things she is doing to her body.
  • Do not give in to the pressure to make your loved one eat. Do not show resistance, but ensure that you are clear on how it makes you feel when you watch your loved one avoid meals and/or vomit after eating.

By displaying consistent concern and providing a judgment-free zone while around your loved one, you can help begin to build a trust with him that can eventually him lead to realize that he needs treatment. While this entire process is extremely difficult for an on-looker to handle, it is crucial to follow these guidelines to ensure the potential for a positive recovery of your loved one.

How to Help a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

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