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Reaching Out to a Loved One…
It’s a million dollar question. How do you reach out to a loved one who may have an eating disorder? Friends and family frequently enter into a sensitive area of discussion when the topic arises, and frequently attempts to help the individual can backfire and increase eating disorder symptoms. Education is key, and so is a plan of action.

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bullet Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder
bullet How to be Supportive to Loved Ones
bullet Supporting Young Women with Eating Disorders

Where to Turn for Support…
As your friend your loved one attains treatment for recovery, you may find yourself needing support too. Who can you turn to? Recognize that you are not alone and there are resources available to help you endure the journey. There are several options for friends and family members, so that they too can maintain a sense of health and well-being during what can feel like a confusing, exhausting, and lengthy process.

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bullet How to Find Help Through Psychotherapy
bullet Helping Someone With an Eating Disorder

Become Part of the Solution…
In some cases an attempt to try to fix a problem can make the problem worse. It is sometimes difficult to see how we may unknowingly contribute to a problem, when we are stuck in it and our intentions mean well. While each and every person experiences a different relationship to their eating disorder and several factors are typically involved, it’s important that loved ones become conscious of eliminating certain kinds of personal behaviors and conversations that are likely to trigger an individual seeking recovery.

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bullet Family Guide to Tackling Eating Disorders
bullet How to be Supportive to Loved Ones with Eating Disorders
bullet Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers

For Men and Fathers…
While coping with an eating disorder can be difficult for the whole family, men and fathers frequently have the most trouble understanding why women struggle with food and figure. The eating disorder issue exposes the politics of control of women’s bodies, and the impact of societal messages on female identity. However, there are several ways men and fathers can become proactive instead of reactive in the recovery process, and get the tools they need to understand their loved one’s experiences.

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bullet Family Resources
bullet Information for Men and Fathers

Questions and Answers…
Loved ones usually have plenty of questions for treatment providers about eating disorders, the recovery process, and how they should act around the recovering individual. Education is definitely a key part of the process. For answers to commonly asked questions read on.

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bullet Eating Disorders -- Questions & Answers
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bullet Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder

 

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