4 thoughts on “6 Ways To Support Someone With An Eating Disorder During The Holidays

  • December 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    It’s important to keep in mind that your loved one with an ED is not trying to ruin your day. Their anxiety about situations is real, so try not to get frustrated or mad at them. They already feel bad about having a hard time in these situations.

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    • December 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      @Amy, thank you so much for sharing that. That’s an excellent point! The person with an ED is truly struggling so trying to calm your own feelings — even though I know that can be so hard — is really important.

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  • December 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Although this seems pitched at the anorectic/bulimic, your advice is true for compulsive overeaters in recovery as well. It’s also important to remember that these eating disorders are addictions — they do not go away just because someone is at a normal size now. These are rules to live by every year and every party at which your loved one is a featured guest.

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  • December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Right on! That’s exactly what I tell my eating disorder patients! Thanks for making the information accessible! Ilissa Banhazl, MFT Glendora, CA

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