I recently polled my audience to find out how many people knew a loved one struggled with or had struggled with an eating disorder themselves. The overwhelming response (94%) was “yes,” which considering it is topic I frequently talk about is not so surprising. However what did surprise me was that fact that as many as 50% of the people polled didn’t know how to help a struggling friend or loved one and didn’t know where to turn for help.
While eating disorder awareness and body positivity have certainly grown in their mainstream presence, it is still a somewhat taboo topic that isn’t often discussed.
A Starting Point
I put together two resources and while they aren’t exhaustive by any means, they are a place to start. And often, that’s all we need: a starting point.
Below you’ll find a quick guide to helping a loved one or friend with an eating disorder as well as a list of resources from reputable sources.
What to Remember
More than anything the most important thing to remember if you or some one you love is struggling with an eating disorder is that:
- Complete recovery is possible. It’s not reserved for a select few who “get it.” If you want it. If you believe it is for you. You can have it. Be relentless in this belief.
- If you have a desire to change and recover then you can. And conversely if the person you want to help doesn’t have a desire to change, you can not make them want to change. It must come from within.
- Love always wins. Lead with love.
Find more about my story and another list of resources HERE.
Or read about my husband’s perspective and active role in my recovery HERE.
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