Supporting a friend who has an eating disorder

Today marks the end of Eating Disorders Awareness Week but we should continue to support those with an eating disorder. So, we thought we’d share some tips from BEAT to help you support somebody with an eating disorder.

Acknowledge that you and your friend aren’t to blame – remember eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or religion

Educate yourself – you’ll be able to offer better support if you know more about their eating disorder

Involve your friend in activities you used to do – eating disorders can be very isolating so make sure you’re still including your friend in activities

Try to find things to do that don’t centre around food – some people who have an eating disorder may find such activities triggering or they may cause them anxiety

Offer practical support – maybe go to appointments with them or help them with day-to-day tasks but always ask your friend first

Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help – for some people with an eating disorder it may feel as if they have lost control so asking them how you can best help them provides your friend with control as well as support

Look after yourself – you can’t pour from an empty cup. Always make sure you’re taking care of yourself too

We’re aware some of these tips might prove tricky during the current UK lockdown but please remember them as restrictions ease.

For more information about eating disorders click here.

If you’re finding today hard, text MRF to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer. You’re never alone.

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