Parental Guidelines: Loving Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder

I created this printable graphic regarding some of the suggestions the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland provides to parents:

  1. Learn as much as you can about your child’s eating disorder.
  2. Talk about your concerns and feelings openly and honestly.
  3. Understand that it may take time for everyone – your child, your family, and you yourself, to regain trust.
  4. Try to focus on feelings instead of food, weight, etc.
  5. Remember that success is not 100% compliance – relapse is not a failure – it is a step towards successful recovery.

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