Understanding a Loved One Suffering from an Eating Disorder

Thin Woman Measuring Her WaistHaving someone in the family (or even a friend) who suffers from an eating disorder can have an effect on you. To help them pull through, you need to communicate. Communication, however, can be difficult if you don’t know where to start and how to talk to them.

What you can do is be brave, not only for yourself but also for them. If you are looking for ways you can understand and talk to a loved one who suffers from anorexia or bulimia, read on. These are some of the things you should take note of:

Inform yourself

You can be sensitive, but sometimes well-meaning words may sound insensitive to the sufferer. The best way to get around this dilemma is by getting informed. That way, you will have the wisdom of choosing the words that may help. Other than the condition itself, you may want to understand how the treatment of anorexia works.

Always provide assurance

At this point, your friend or loved one is within the shadows. The light never seems to reach them. As such, you should be their light. Make them feel that you’re just a call or thought away. In short, be reliable and make them feel loved. The feeling of reassurance will be enough to keep them moving in this battle.

Be patient

At times, you may feel like giving up. At all costs, don’t show them this side of yours. Try your best not to be impatient. Your acts of impatience may make them feel like a burden to the family. If you cannot handle the stress, always turn to your support group.

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These are just some of the things to keep in mind when dealing with a relative suffering from anorexia and other eating disorder. Make them feel that they are not alone.