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Eating Disorder Clinic

Learning that a family member or a friend might have an eating disorder can be overwhelming and make you feel helpless. It's heartbreaking to watch someone you love become unhealthy because of bulimia or anorexia. An eating disorder clinic can help.

Understanding the Problem of Eating Disorder

Your loved one's eating disorder is not entirely about weight or food—it’s often a manifestation of their inability to deal with stress-related and emotional issues. Your presence, guidance, and support can make a big difference in their journey to recovering.

Eating disorders are characterised by extreme unusual eating behaviours. It could be a rigid diet, bingeing in secret, obsessively counting and monitoring calorie intake, and throwing up after eating. But there's actually more than what meets the eye. The problem can be much deeper. Your friend might be suffering from self-imposed, self-critical attitudes, a distorted self-image, and a skewed view about his or her body, food, and weight. Those negative feelings and thoughts influence the harmful behaviours.

Someone with an eating disorder uses food to deal with pain and discomfort caused by his or her emotions. Your loved one may restrict food intake to feel in control, or eat too much to suppress feelings of loneliness, anger, sadness, and anxiety. Purging is often done to get rid of the feeling of self-loathing and helplessness. Eventually, a person with an eating disorder won't be able to view themselves objectively because of their severe obsession with weight and food.

How to Help

To talk to someone with an eating disorder, use a non-confrontational and loving approach, and do it in private. Explain your concerns while maintaining respect and a positive outlook. Be focused and calm, and don't nag.

Your loved one might actually be open to help, but is hesitant and scared to ask for it. Some people have such low self-esteem that they don't think they deserve to be helped. As a result, the eating disorder worsens without treatment, and the emotional and physical damage becomes severe. The sooner you can help and take action, the better.

If you're unsure how to talk to your friend or family member, consider seeking help from One40. We have an eating disorder clinic that can help you and your loved one overcome bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating. Call 0203 151 1914 or 0800 511 8112. One40 is registered with the CQC and BACP, and we have multiple locations across the UK so you can easily seek treatment wherever you are.