Someone is SUFFERING FROM AN EATING DISORDER
what YOU can do
Be prepared and educate yourself as much as possible about eating disorders. The person you care about may be experiencing high levels of anxiety, shame, embarrassment, guilt or denial or may not recognize that they have an eating problem.
Encourage them to express how they feel; remember, it is important to understand how they feel, rather than just state how you feel.
Avoid putting the focus on food; instead, try talking about how the person is feeling instead.
Do not use any threatening statements; e.g. ‘If you don’t eat right I will punish you.’ This can be extremely harmful to the person’s emotions and behavior and can exacerbate the eating problem significantly.
WHO can help
Seek counseling or mental health treatment.
Call a local or national hotline
Reach out to a social worker
Contact another licensed mental health worker