Support groups provide a safe environment in which individuals are able to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with eating disorders, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource — a place where people can share information, voice their concerns openly, learn healthy coping tools from other members of the group, or get support.
People who have been through or are going through a similar circumstance can understand one’s personal struggle. They can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling like you are alone.
When someone is searching for a support group, the most important thing to remember is that not every group is for everyone. If a certain group does not feel right or does not match your needs, try a different group. It is also very important to make sure that the group you are attending is led by knowledgeable leader that maintains healthy group interactions (i.e. no talk of numbers, rituals, food talk, medication talk, etc.)