How to Help with Eating Disorders?
This is a subject very close to my heart. Speaking from a personal experience of overcoming an eating disorder, which took over nearly 20 years of my life, it is my mission to try and help as many as I can overcome this and regain control over their lives.
At least 30 million people of both genders in the USA alone suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
I want to share with you some simple tips that I hope are of help to your loved ones that are suffering.
9 Ways to Help those with Eating Disorders in a Positive Way:
Not everyone that has an eating disorder is skin and bones.
There are many aspects, which do not involve starving yourself. Eating disorders can come in all shapes and sizes.
Set a positive example.
Instead of dieting, create nutritiously balanced meals. Be mindful how you talk about your body and appearance. Avoid making criticisms to other people’s appearances and instead look for the good qualities and focus on the positives.
Don’t act like you’re the food police.
Eliminate power struggles over food. Instead of forcing the person to eat and using phrases like: “just eat something,” “you’re too skinny,” or “you’re skin and bones.” Try and be as encouraging as possible. When you are being too strict, this only results in the person becoming more secretive and withdrawn.
Remind them of their worth.
Do whatever you can to promote self-esteem in the home!
Don’t blame yourself.
Try and be as supportive as possible; listen without judgment.
Educate yourself on eating disorders.
The more you know, the better prepared you will be to help your loved one through this and cope with the challenges together.
Be mindful of triggers.
Avoid discussions about food, weight, and eating. Don’t avoid eating in front of your loved one as it can help set a healthy relationship with food.
Be prepared for denial, resistance, stubborn behaviour, and relapses.
Try to remain supportive, calm and always available to listen when the person needs to reach out.
Encourage them to get help from either a doctor, qualified nutritionist or therapist.
Many people who have eating disorders are also suffering from other deep-rooted issues, which they feel they have no control over. They feel the only thing they can monitor is their diet, which often is a trigger for an eating disorder.
It’s my mission to give back and help as many women as possible because I wish that someone did the same for me when I was going through that dark time in my life. I hate to think of other women feeling that way. I have created an online community where I share about healthy eating, nutrition, recipes, self-love, motivation and women’s empowerment so we can become the best versions of ourselves FOR ourselves.
Join my Revenge Body Transformation Group and start your new journey to a happier and healthier you today. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/283158858808869/)
Sending lots of love and light to you all!