Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders in the US today, and it affects many people, and not just the diagnosed individuals but also the persons who are living with people suffering from eating problems.
Here are ways on how you can help a loved one deal with what they are going through.
Educate yourself about eating disorders
The most important thing you can do to help some suffering from an eating disorder is to educate yourself about the medical conditions before you even approach them. It is not just a simple as a case of someone who does not like eating.
People diagnosed with eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, are also suffering from guilt, embarrassment, shame, denial, depression, and high anxiety. The wrong words or approach could do more harm than good.
Be careful with your words
Part of educating yourself on how to help people with eating disorders is to learn which words to use when communicating. First, you need to learn how not to use words that places blame on the other person.
Lines such as, “You’re making me worry about you” can do more harm than good because it puts the guilt on the individual with the eating disorder. Instead, try to use lines such as “I am worried about you” or “We are getting concerned about you.”
Help them find a support group
Getting the needed help takes the effort of an entire village. Remember, you cannot do it alone. So in looking for treatments of anorexia nervosa, it’s vital that you find a support group for the individual suffering from the health condition and you as the one who’s supporting the person in question.
Like substance abuse, the people who live with individuals with eating disorders need support groups too.
If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from undiagnosed anorexia nervosa, encourage them to visit a doctor before the problem goes out of hand. And of course, initiate the support process by educating yourself about the eating disorder.