When someone you love is dealing with an eating disorder, it can be difficult to know how to support them. Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and OSFED, affect millions of Americans. When a person is dealing with an eating disorder, those closest to them can provide a critical support system.
By knowing the signs and being mindful of how to discuss your concerns, you can be part of a close support system for them. There are multiple free resources to help your loved one, including online. Another key can be avoiding body or food judgement with your loved one. Judgement comments can be triggering and unhelpful.
By being open with your loved one, in a constructive way, and encouraging them to reach out for help, you can support them in their healing journey.