As I talk with clients, family, and friends about the work I do in the field of eating disorders I’m amazed at the number of people who are closely linked to someone who has or is struggling with food and body image issues. While these problems are pervasive, most people have no idea how to reach out to someone they feel may be in serious trouble. So I’d like to share with you a few tips and resources.
1.) My number one rule of thumb is to express concern and empathy using “I” statements.
“I notice that you’ve lost a lot of weight recently and I’m worried about you….” rather than “You are too skinny, are you doing ok?”
2.) Choose a time and a place that is private and away from distractions and interruptions.
3.) Do some research online about eating disorders. A great resources is www.something-fishy.org. The website is filled with useful information.
4.) Be aware of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.
Eating disorders are a serious illness. If you have concerns about someone your close to, don’t hesitate to ask for help.