How to Discuss an Eating Disorder with a Loved One

Eating disorders are a serious issue affecting millions of people. When you suspect your loved one is suffering with either anorexia or even emotional overeating, it can be hard to know how to positively speak with them about combating the problem. It’s best to talk about these worries long before the disorder worsens, as the health concerns increase as the disorder progresses.

1.) Schedule a time to talk, which will ensure you’re in a private setting and emotionally prepared to broach the topic. Bring research to the discussion to shed light on the facts that point to an eating issue.

2.) Bring up specific incidences where you became increasingly concerned with their behaviors. For example, a day spent solely together where your friend didn’t eat anything. Combined with excessive workouts on a routine basis, these can point to a real problem.

3.) Share names of counselors, nutritionists and doctors trained to speak with your loved one about a potential problem. You may even want to share images of those struggling with the disorder for a long period of time, which can act as a visual for the urgent need to seek help soon.