– Listen when they open up to you about their disorder
It’s not easy to open up about dealing with an eating disorder, so when someone opens up to you about their disorder, listen to them.
–Be patient and supportive
Remember, persons with eating disorders do not recover overnight, be patient with their progress and appreciate any progress they make, however small. Be prepared for relapsesRelapses are bound to happen, don’t be critical or belittle them for relapsing. Help them by fostering their self-esteem.
–Instead of commenting on their weight, give them other compliments
A job they did very well or a new top they are wearing, how you like their attitude about certain things. Telling them how proud you are of them, how much you love and care for them, can help them feel good about themselves and feel valued during recovery.
–Ask for their consent to help
Always ask for consent, do not strong-arm them into seeking help if they are not keen on it.
–Learn about eating disorders
If you know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder, do your own research and learn about the different kinds of eating disorders to better help them in an informed manner. Ask questions and acknowledge
Ask questions instead of giving advice, without overwhelming them. Give them a chance to open up at their own pace, Acknowledge their struggle, their journey, and their recovery.