Eating disorders affect not only the individual who is suffering, but also those around them. Loved ones desperately want to help their friend/family member, but often anything they say will be met with anger, frustration, denial, or avoidance. It can be difficult to believe a loved one is capable of hurting himself/herself by means of an eating disorder. If your loved one displays signs and symptoms from the previous pages, seek help immediately. Early intervention greatly increases the likelihood of recovery.
It is also important that you, the family and friends of someone going through an eating disorder, get help and support for yourselves. Please consider attending family therapy and/or a family and friends support group. It is crucial that you maintain your physical and emotional health so you can help your loved one when they need you.