When caring for someone with an eating disorder, remember the top tips: learn the facts (the more you know, the more you can help), break the silence (give them that vital opportunity to open up), early intervention is best (get them specialist help as soon as possible), take care of yourself (you need your own support) and recovery is always possible (you can help them beat their eating disorder).
If you have a friend with an eating disorder, be there for them. Try to understand what they are going through, and don’t let it dominate your relationship – underneath it they’re still your friend.
Having an eating disorder is an isolating experience. An eating disorder is complex and difficult to overcome alone. It is important to remember that an eating disorder is not your fault – it is a serious mental illness. Being open about your eating disorder is the first step towards recovery.