Here are some suggestions on how to help someone with Bulimia or any eating disorder.
to help someone with such a complex illness as Bulimia can be very
difficult, So the more you educate yourself on the illness the better
understanding you will have, and be able to help your loved one.
Be compassionate and supportive
you may not fully understand the Eating disorder, which I know that
unless you've actually been through this illness, yourself, you can't
really begin to imagine how it is.
But since you care for your loved one, you should be compassionate, and support them in getting better.
So make sure that your there for them when they need someone to talk to, or accompanying them to a doctors appointment.
Be a good influence
you have an eating disorder the last thing you want is to be around
someone who has distorted eating and body image, as it will only make
them feel worse.
So set a good example by eating healthily, exercising and having a confident body image.
is probably the best thing you can do, when I was suffering with
bulimia, all I wanted was for someone to talk to about this horrible
illness, so be there for them when you can.
Get them out
your friend or family member out somewhere, introduce them to some of
your other friends, so that they can be sociable, and take their mind of
their eating disorder.
Don't take things to heart
When someone suffers from an
eating disorder, sometimes they can get a little angry and say things
they don't really mean, I know my bulimia made me have the worst mood
swings, so try not to take things too personally.
They really do appreciate all the support your giving them.
Don't make any comments about their weight or appearance
things like your too thin will only make them feel more self conscious,
or make them feel good that their so thin, and will keep them in the
grips of their eating disorder.
Unless your complementing them try not to discuss their weight etc.
Don't force them to eat
will only make them feel like your trying to control them, and people
with eating disorders like to be in control, so don't tell them what to
Don't be judgmental
This says it all really.
Encourage them to get help
force them and tell them they have to get help, But just suggest, that
maybe they should get some professional support with their condition,
and tell them that you'll be there for them every step of the way, and
do try to go to appointments with them, as going to appointments for an
eating disorder can be one of the hardest things to do.
know that you really cannot force them to get help, I know this is very
difficult for a loved one to understand, but really they need to be the
one to take the first step.
Talk with someone yourself
you are a friend maybe you should speak with the parents of the person
with an eating disorder, and tell them what is going on, or even a
counselor, they may be angry at you for this, but they will thank you in
the end, and you will thank yourself, this is a very serious condition
that can take someones life.
Keep yourself healthy
know that being around someone with a mental illness, can be difficult
and stressful on your own part, so make sure that your taking care of
yourself, having some alone time, and being around other people as well.
I hope you find this useful..
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