TALKING to Parents/Friends about Eating Disorders

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"This week's video is something that I decided to make based on the feedback I have received from all of you. Many of you have asked me for tips on how to talk to your friends or family about your eating disorder. I know that this can be a very stressful time and many of us worry that by talking about our ED, we will only make it worse, but I promise that the more we talk about it, the easier it will be.
Since I often do family sessions, I wanted to make this video as true to life as I could. Instead of talking to the person who is struggling with the ED, I talked to the parents or person who cares for them. The most important thing for a parent or friend to know is that it is not their job to be the ""food police."" There is no need to ask if she ate enough or if she has maybe eaten too much. Something that I always say is that it is not actually about the food. What an eating disorder is about is a difficulty expressing overwhelming emotions. This should help you focus what kinds of things to talk with your friend or loved one about. For example, ask her how her day was, if she talked to her therapist, how her classes that day were, and most importantly, what else can I do to help. Just knowing that you are there, you try your best to understand, and that you are not judging and watching her every move is all she needs. So try your best to lay off the food questions and just try to ask her how she is doing. We all need love and support, especially when we are struggling with an ED. Let's just try to keep talking about it and keep working towards a healthy mind and a healthy body."

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