An eating disorder is when a person thinks about weight and food so much that it begins to control their life. An eating disorder can affect people of all shapes, sizes, gender and ethnic backgrounds. It is important to remember that help is available and it is not the person’s fault.
If you suspect a friend has an eating disorder try to be non-judgmental and understanding of your friend. Reassure your friend you care about them and will be there to help. Try to speak to a trusted adult immediately about getting help for your friend.
The first step is often the most difficult; realizing that you want your life to look different. The next step is talking to someone. This could be a trusted friend, guidance counselor, family doctor or your parents. Eating disorders can cause very serious health problems so it is important to get help as soon as possible.
Eating disorders are treatable and people can recover. With help, many people make changes and go on with their lives without the eating disorder. The key is reaching out for help and getting help as soon as you can. Support is just a call away.