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Help for a friend! - March 6th 2013, 11:56 PM

I need help understanding anorexia. A friend of mine has the disorder and I want him to get better but I understand you can't force them to eat. I just don't know how to help him. Any advice would be much appreciated!





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Re: Help for a friend! - March 7th 2013, 07:57 PM

Hey Carrie,

I know this must not be an easy situation to be in, and I can see how it would be difficult to know what to say and what not to say to your friend. But I think that you simply being there for him and being willing to support him is helpful, and I'm sure that means a lot to him. If you haven't yet, just let him know that you're there for him and that you care about him. I think you should also let him know that you're concerned. Unfortunately you can't force him to get professional help just as you can't force him to eat, but if you feel the need to you should try to encourage him to get help. Getting that help is something he has to decide for himself, but I'm sure it'd be easier for him to make that decision knowing that he has somebody who supports him.

I found this page online that seems helpful. It lists what to do and what not to do when you have a friend/loved one with an eating disorder. It probably says it better than I could, and hopefully it can help. You might also want to educate yourself a little more on the eating disorder itself, that may make it easier for you to help him as well. If you look around the website I linked you too you'll probably be able to find some information that helps you to understand more of what your friend is going through. There's a lot of other websites you'd probably be able to find too.

I think it's really great that you're willing to be there for your friend, that's a big thing. I'm sure he's really grateful to have you in his life. Good luck, and I hope everything starts looking up for your friend as well Take care.





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