Family and friends

Are you concerned?

If you believe that someone you know and care about maybe living with an eating disorder it is is important to understand that the person you’re concerned about may feel a lot of shame and fear about their eating behaviours. He or she may also want help but not know how to ask for it. Approach them gently – your help really matters.

If you have a friend or family member that you’re worried about, let them know you are concerned, give them support and encourage them to talk to you whenever they wish. The person who has the eating disorder sees things in a different way and it is only when they are able to take the decision to get help that the situation will change for the better.

Let the person know you care about them and that you are worried about him or her. Offer your support and let them know that as they seek help you’ll be there for them.

You could also find out more about eating disorders here on the website. You can also discuss these issues with a GP.

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