We all want to be supportive of a loved one who may be struggling with an Eating Disorder (ED) or disordered behaviors. What you may not realize is that some of the statements that you offer with the intention of love and support, actually can be harmful for the person struggling.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits and why they can be harmful!
If you have a loved one struggling with an Eating Disorder, I know it is so difficult for you also. You may feel you never know the right things to say or that you always make a bad situation worse. I hope you don’t feel discouraged or judge yourself for it. My advice to you is to do as much research as possible to educate yourself. Also, just ask your loved one how you can best support them. They will appreciate your efforts!
If you don't know if a loved one has an Eating Disorder, here's a guide on how to talk to them about your concerns.
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I wish you awareness on your way to finding your State of Balance!
You can also check out my YouTube channel for more inspiration!
Additionally, the National Eating Disorders Association website is jam-packed with loads of awesome resources!
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