August 20, 2010
Health Tip: Talking to a Loved One About Anorexia
How to express your concern
(HealthDay News) -- If you suspect that a loved one is anorexic, the topic can be difficult to discuss.
Womenshealth.gov offers these suggestions for approaching a loved one about anorexia:
- Schedule time to talk privately, when neither of you will be distracted.
- Express your concern about your loved one's eating habits.
- Suggest that your loved one speak with a professional.
- Don't force your opinion or recommendations; just offer your support.
- Avoid blaming or shaming your loved one, and focus instead on your concern.
- Recognize that treatment is more complicated than simply starting to eat regularly again.
- Assure your loved one that you will always be there to listen and offer support.