Worried About Someone

Eating disorders don’t just affect the individuals battling them but their friends, family, work colleagues and other people around them too. Eating disorders are lonely and isolating illnesses and you can play a really vital role in identifying an eating disorder. Although someone with an eating disorder will almost certainly need professional help, families and friends can provide invaluable support during recovery.

One really important thing to remember is that you are not the cause of the eating disorder, they are extremely complex. You might find that the person with an eating disorder may seem to change as their eating disorder takes over which can be testing for long-standing relationships. For more information about causes, signs and behaviour patterns visit our about eating disorder pages.

Everyone who recovers from an eating disorder tells us how important it was to have unconditional love and support from those who care about them, even when, looking back, they knew their behaviour was quite difficult to understand. Sometimes offering this support can feel challenging and it is important you have a space to talk about it and receive support yourself.

In this section we’ll look at how you should approach someone with an eating disorder, where you can find support and stories of other people in a similar situation to yourself.