Eating Disorder Help Information For Friends & Family Members
Eating Disorders are layered and complex issues that are rarely about food, eating, appearance or beauty. They are usually related to emotional issues, such as control and low self-esteem, and often exist as part of a “dual” diagnosis of major depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
This is important to remember when trying to understand the behavior of an individual suffering from an eating disorder. Family members have many questions about the “why” and the “how” of their loved one’s disorder. The questions are listed below aren’t meant to be a comprehensive list, but a basic overview of some of the questions that you or others may have about eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating.