This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention.
How to help someone you care about.
Friends and family are often the first to notice signs of disordered eating or thinking. Early intervention, modeling balanced behaviors and encouraging eating disorders screenings can improve recovery outcomes and help your loved one to get healthy.
Some eating disorder sufferers have difficulty recognizing that they are ill or appreciating the severity of their situation.
Still others may desperately want to stop their behaviors but are afraid. While expressing a readiness and willingness to recover is a positive sign, treatment doesn’t need to wait for your loved one to be ready. If your loved one is under the age of 18, and even if they aren’t, it is crucial to begin treatment as soon as you are aware of the problem.
Early intervention is consistently associated with higher recovery rates.
If the individual struggling is an adult, family and friends should continue to express concerns about the negative impact of the eating disorder on their loved one’s life and encourage him/her to seek professional help.
Parental involvement in a child’s eating disorder treatment can increase chances of recovery.
Some forms of treatment, like Family-Based Treatment (FBT) (also known as the Maudsley Method), require that parents temporarily take control of the child’s eating and monitor for purging until a healthy weight and regular eating patterns are established. Other loved ones can continue to provide support to the eating disorder sufferer by helping to reduce anxiety over eating and reminding them they are more than their illness. Even if you decide FBT isn’t right for your family, there are still plenty of ways for you to be involved in your child’s or loved one’s treatment.
Encouraging a reluctant eating disorder patient to seek help can be a delicate task.
For parents of older sufferers, and other loved ones of sufferers of any age, encouraging a reluctant eating disorder patient to seek help can be a delicate task. It’s crucial to their future well-being, however, to seek recovery, and encouraging proper treatment of their eating disorder can help them move towards that goal.
We encourage you to share the screening tool with someone you are concerned about.
It takes3 minutes to complete the confidential online eating disorders screening. Taking 3 minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help. SCREENING STARTS HERE