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Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder

Friends, relatives, teachers, and physicians all play an important role in helping eating disordered to start and stay with a treatment program by giving the necessary support. Find here how.Treatment can save the life of someone with an eating disorder. Friends, relatives, teachers, and physicians all play an important role in helping the ill person start and stay with an eating disorders treatment program. Encouragement, caring, and persistence, as well as information about eating disorders and their dangers, may be needed to convince the ill person to get help, stick with treatment, or try again.

Family members and friends can call local hospitals or university medical centers to find out about eating disorder clinics and clinicians experienced in treating the illnesses. For college students, treatment programs may be available in school counseling centers.

Family members and friends should read as much as possible about eating disorders, so they can help the person with the illness understand his or her problem. Many local mental health organizations and the self-help groups listed at the end of this brochure provide free literature on eating disorders. Some of these groups also provide treatment program referrals and information on local self-help groups. Once the person gets help, he or she will continue to need lots of understanding and encouragement to stay in treatment.

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APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 16). Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/articles/helping-someone-with-an-eating-disorder

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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