Help a loved one struggling with eating disorders


Unfortunately, nowadays, numerous individuals struggle with eating disorders because of various reasons which have caused them such as biological, psychological, and environmental factors which surround them. Eating disorders are one of the self-destructive habits which people allow to come upon their selves by not taking care of their mental and physical health properly. Inadequate or excessive food intake leads to serious damages to an individual’s health which have made the eating disorders to be classified as a medical illness which needs special treatment because the symptoms and the consequences of them are extremely dangerous for any individual experiencing them. the most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder and all of them are incredibly damaging to the general well-being of any person suffering from them.

Do your research about eating disorders

In order to be able to help a loved one struggling with an eating disorder, you have to educate yourself about the signs, consequences, and possible treatments of it. Only by understanding exactly how the eating disorder has affected the person you can find the reason why it has started so that you can communicate with your loved one and give support and guidance during the process of healing. For example, a person could develop an eating disorder because of low self-confidence of their appearance. So, you need to help that person understand that starving or eating excessively is not a healthy way to have the perfect body they wish for.

Show support and understanding

The process of helping a loved one with an eating disorder is a tough and long one because of the fact that usually, denial of the problem comes first and it is a phase hard to overcome. However, you need to be patient and show support and understanding until the person you love overcomes the disorder and goes back to a healthy way of living. 

Ask for the help of a specialist

Sometimes, eating disorders appear as a response to a psychological trauma and the problem is more serious than you might think. Which is why the right help from a clinical psychologist is a must in order to overcome the problem completely and the reason which has caused it in order to avoid allowing the disorder to relapse. Moreover, the trauma might have caused other serious damages in the mental well-being of your loved one which needs to be treated before they become dangerous.