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Do You Suspect that a Friend is Struggling with an Eating Disorder?

Do You Suspect that a Friend is Struggling with an Eating Disorder?

Do you suspect that a friend may suffer from an eating disorder? Worried about how you should confront the individual? Here are suggestion to consider when dealing with this sensitive topic.

women on scaleAccording to an article at today.uconn.edu, “How to Support a Friend Struggling with an Eating Disorder”

What should a student do if they suspect a friend or roommate has an eating disorder?

The first thing they should do is be a compassionate and supportive friend, because at its core, this is someone who’s struggling. What doesn’t work is being critical, monitoring, gossiping, blaming, focusing on weight. If they have a solid relationship, tell the friend they’re concerned, listen if they’re willing to talk, and make a referral – if they accept. Another thing a student can do if they’re uncertain is come in themselves for a consultation and we can talk them through how to make that referral. Folks don’t readily resign their coping mechanisms, so they should be prepared that it’s not always going to go perfectly. We talk about readiness for change. Often as many as 10 people express concern before someone will act on it. You may be the first, or you may be the 10th and that’s the time they get help, but all those times are needed.” To read the entire article click here.

For more information on eating disorders and treatment, contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

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