Resources:

Eating Disorders Anonymous

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

National Eating Disorder Association

Recovery Dharma

Recovery Record

Half of Us

Conversation Tips & Tricks:

  • You first. These conversations carry a lot of weight and you aren’t expected to be an expert. If you aren’t comfortable talking about eating disorders, it’s ok to use the following language to offer resources and then get the conversation back on topic.

    • “You were brave to share what you’re going through with me. I’m here for you. I also want to make sure you have access to resources that may have more expertise. Would you allow me to share a few resources that might be helpful?”

    • “I’m hearing how hard this has been. Those feelings are valid and I want to help get the support you need, but I might not be the best person to help. Can I share a few resources with you?”

  • Focus on their feelings. Listen openly and without judgement. Talk through and validate what emotions they’ve been feeling. It’s also beneficial to avoid discussions about food, weight, and eating.

    • “You deserve support. Everyone needs help sometimes. You don't have to be ashamed of your eating disorder. How can I help you?”

    • “It makes sense to be struggling with this. It seems like a really difficult situation. Who else have you shared this with?”

  • Offer resources. It’s important to connect with professionals or helplines who are able to support people living with eating disorders. Utilize one or more of the above resources to ensure folks get a higher level of care when needed.

    • “You were brave to share what’s been going on with me. I’m here for you. I also want to make sure you have access to resources that may have more expertise in connecting you with help. Would you allow me to share a few resources that might be helpful?”

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