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Don't Ignore Your Loved Ones Eating Disorder - Here's What You Can Do In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The eating disorders – categorized as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating or OSFED (other specified feeding or eating disorder) – are serious physical and mental illnesses affecting the patient’s emotions, attitudes and their relationship with weight and food. If left untreated, they can have serious consequences. Eating disorders do not discriminate. They can affect anyone, regardless of one’s age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and financial background. Caring for a loved one afflicted with such an illness can be instrumental in one’s recovery; however, it can also seem like an arduous task and one can easily get overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to help a person take good care of a loved one struggling with an eating disorder: 1. Knowing the warning signs – It is important to know the warning signs of an eating disorder, which could be restricting certain types of food, indulging in extreme dieting, eating at odd hours, hiding certain food items, obsessing over portion control, overexercising, using laxatives and so on. 2. Being loving and non-confrontational – Getting into a confrontational mode with someone suffering from an eating disorder can complicate matters. It is thus essential to refrain from using “you” and instead focus on using “I” while making statements like – “I'm worried about you,” “I can sense that something is not right,” “I would like to help you in case you are struggling with something,” etc. 3. Refraining from talking about weight and fat – A person struggling with an eating disorder is already down in dumps. Using statements like “But, you are not fat” or “you seem to be losing weight” can be very damaging to his or her self-esteem. Avoid such discussions. 4. Never resorting to threatening – Telling a person that he or she may lose a friendship or a relationship until he/she seeks treatment could destroy the person’s self-worth.

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It may cause so much anxiety that one might resort to abusing substances to take the burden off his/her mind. 5. Remembering that relapse is part of recovery – If someone agrees to take treatment but unfortunately relapses, then the loved one must remember and even assure the patient that there is life after relapse. What’s more important is to start afresh with determination. 6. Setting personal boundaries – Caring for a loved one struggling with an eating disorder can get frustrating and daunting at times. For someone who is extending a helping hand, it is important to set boundaries. Taking adequate care of oneself by eating healthy, doing workout and resting, and maintaining self-respect is necessary too. Encourage and get involved in treatment Eating disorders take over everything gradually and can become a coping mechanism to deal with an underlying issue. Such health disorders might be caused due to genetics or nutritional deficiencies, family dynamics, sociocultural behavior like bullying or presence of a mental illness. It is important that the sufferer is encouraged to share his or her feelings and given a chance to heal. It is also essential that the caregiver or the loved one cares and respects the person at all times. When a person is assured that he/she is being understood, it is likely that they would be more receptive to seeking treatment and following the doctor’s advice. Treatment for eating disorders is feasible and it can be customized according to the individual requirements. Besides the necessary medication, treatment may comprise individual, group or family therapy, nutritional counseling, psychotherapies and much more. Sovereign Health offers comprehensive treatment for the eating disorders. If a loved one grappling with an eating disorder and you are looking for eating disorder treatment centers in your vicinity, Sovereign Health is there to help. It is crucial to recognize the symptoms of eating disorder in time to help facilitate early recovery. Call our 24/7 helpline (866) 616-3277 to get details about our evidence-based treatment modalities.

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Don't Ignore Your Loved Ones Eating Disorder - Here's What You Can Do  

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The eating disorder...

Don't Ignore Your Loved Ones Eating Disorder - Here's What You Can Do  

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The eating disorder...

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