How can I help someone struggling with anorexia?
The first step to helping someone who is struggling with anorexia is to understand that it is a complex condition and should be handled sensitively. Just telling someone to “eat more” isn’t the answer.
One of the best ways to help someone who is struggling with anorexia is to provide ongoing support. When speaking with someone that is struggling with anorexia or any eating disorder for that matter, it's important to have conversations in private and be patient if your friend and/or loved one responds with denial.
Some tactics to avoid include:
- Mentioning their weight
- Forcing them into therapy
- Shaming them
It’s also helpful to encourage this person to seek professional help if they seem open to it.