How to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder

Molly the Mess

Eating disorders are heartbreaking diseases, and it can be especially difficult to watch a loved one go through that and not know how to help. Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of what is and is not helpful for someone with an eating disorder to minimize your confusion.

Don’t mention how they look

No matter what you do, don’t mention how your loved one with an eating disorder looks, especially their weight. Even comments that you perceive as helpful, such as “You are so skinny” and “You look so healthy,” can be warped inside that person’s mind and encourage the eating disorder. It’s best not to mention at all how the person looks to avoid this.

Don’t mention numbers

People with eating disorders often have triggers. Triggers are things people do or say that can cause anxiety and/or mental distress to that particular person. Everyone has different triggers, but the…

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