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10 Helpful Things to Say to Someone with an Eating Disorder
I often hear from clients I see in therapy sessions, in groups and in
training about how people (professionals, family, friends, colleagues
etc.) say the 'wrong thing' (e.g. if you just eat something you will
feel a lot better').
Arggggh, it's really unhelpful isn't it? We all know people are just
trying to help, however, such comments often leave us feeling shameful,
guilty, misunderstood and a whole host of other things.
The article by Beat, below, focuses on some helpful things you can
say to someone experiencing an eating disorder. Of course, we are all
different and so what may be helpful to one person may not be helpful to
another, so acceptance and empathy are required. What do you think?
Myths and Stereotypes - Eating Disorders: Part 1 I receive lots of enquiries from people asking if they have an eating
disorder or if their eating and food behaviours, thoughts, feelings and
experiences warrant them accessing services or receiving help and
support. One of the best things about Talking EDs is that we never ever
discriminate on whether someone has a ‘full-blown’ eating disorder; has
been formally diagnosed; or meets certain ‘criteria’.
We welcome anyone – men and women – who feel that their relationship
with food and eating is affecting their life. As far as we are
concerned, if your relationship with food and eating is affecting your
life in some way – socially, emotionally, psychologically, physically,
occupationally etc., then you deserve help and support with such
We know that most people with eating disorders/ disordered eating are
not underweight or don't always display the full plethora of eating
disorder 'symptoms' Having worke…
There is no universally accepted definition of what ‘recovery’ is. It
is one of those terms and concepts that is open to interpretation and
can mean different things, to different people, at different times.
Recovery means different things to each of us. However, in basic terms
it means ‘getting better’ and living and learning to live and cope with
everyday life without an eating disorder.
Over the years, I have hosted various support group meetings and
creative arts and crafts classes (for those experiencing eating
disorders/disordered eating), both looking at 'recovery'. During a
previous support group session a few years ago, we talked about what
'recovery' and 'getting better' means to us. What is 'recovery' and what
does this mean for us?
During this particular support group meeting, we also had a
creative/art therapy-based session. We had lots of art materials and
pictures to make our own posters an…