Eating Disorders in Women

People can, and do, recover from eating disorders, but professional help is almost always required. Unfortunately, the longer symptoms are denied or ignored, the more difficult recovery will be. If you or someone you know suffers from a possible eating disorder, it’s important to seek help immediately. Family members and friends can also benefit from information and support.

Eating Disorder Treatment

More grown women are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other dangerous eating behaviors. As women get older and their lives evolve, so do their stressors and triggers. Adult eating disorders impact both the mind and body of those women who have this mental illness.

Be Knowledgeable

It’s important to understand that an eating disorder is a coping strategy that the individual uses to deal with broader problems – problems that may be too painful to deal with directly. Remember: eating disorders are not merely about not eating or vanity! This website can provide you with additional information that is worth learning, information that you may also want to offer to your family member or friend. Whether they act on it immediately or need more time to think, it is their decision to make.

Be Patient

When you approach the individual for the first time, do not be surprised if they reject your expression of concern. They may even react with anger and denial. There is a lot of shame and pain that goes along with having an eating disorder. It’s also important not to rush the person, and instead recognize that it will take time for the person to make changes.

Be Compassionate

Eating disorders are a complex problem, and food and weight issues are only the symptoms of a deeper problem. It’s important to understand that the person would prefer to have healthier coping mechanisms and is doing the best they can at the moment. Show compassion for the pain and confusion that the individual is experiencing.

Be Encouraging

Encourage the person to see themselves as more than their eating disorder. Do this by talking about other aspects of your lives, and of life more generally. Affirm their strengths and interests that are unrelated to food or physical appearance.

Be Non-Judgmental

It’s important to express your own needs in the relationship, without blaming or shaming the other person. Remember that the individual with the eating disorder will have to decide on when and how to get help, and what kind. Support them by validating the healthy changes that the person does makes, however small they may be.

Eating Disorder Treatment for Women

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.