If you notice signs of an eating disorder in a friend or family member, you may be reluctant to say anything out of fear that you’re mistaken, or that you’ll say the wrong thing.

People with eating disorders are often afraid to ask for help. Some are struggling just as much as you are to find a way to start a conversation about their problem, while others have such low self-esteem they simply don’t feel that they deserve any help. The sooner you start to help a loved one, the better their chances of recovery.

When approaching a loved one about an eating disorder, it’s important to state your concerns in a non-confrontational way. Pick a time when you can speak to the person in private, then explain why you’re concerned. Try to remain positive, calm and focused.

Unless the person you care about is a young child, the decision to seek recovery has to come from them. But you can help by making it clear that you’ll continue to be there for him or her, with your compassion and support, whenever they’re ready to tackle the problem.

At Riverdale we understand that someone may have mixed feelings about moving away from an eating disorder. We provide a warm and friendly environment with lots of support and people to talk with, so they can feel confident about making changes.

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