Talking About Eating Disorders


The holiday season is filled with parties and social events where food in a central focus.  As we gather together with others, the subjects of how much, what, when, and why we eat are common topics.  Often, a well-meaning friend or relative will use these conversations about food to bring up concerns about someone with an eating disorder.  They believe talking about eating disorders with a relative might be helpful.  If you are thinking about reaching out to someone you think may be struggling, it is best to educate yourself on the facts of these disorders before starting a discussion.

Colleen Thompson has helpful suggestions about things to say or do when you first approach someone.  She lists them in her article on

  • Avoid talking about food and weight, those are not the real issues
  • Assure them that they are not alone and that you love them and want to help in any way that you can
  • Encourage them to seek help
  • Never try to force them to eat
  • Do not comment on their weight or appearance
  • Do not blame the individual and do not get angry with them
  • Be patient, recovery takes time
  • Do not make mealtimes a battleground
  • Listen to them, do not be quick to give opinions and advice
  • Do not take on the role of a therapist

Remember:  Constant Supportive Compassion

Holly Scott, MBA, MS, LPC sees clients at Uptown Dallas Counseling. Holly is trained in the specialty of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and holds the position of Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Holly works with clients to help them overcome challenges in their daily lives that may be preventing them from achieving happiness. She helps clients with stress management, depression, parenting, marriage counseling, and other mental health concerns. If you are looking for a counselor or therapist in t!he Uptown Dallas area, explore this website to see if Holly may be able to help you. 

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