Need Help With An Eating Disorder? Follow These Steps

by Jennifer Taylor

In the “Type 2 Diabetics” episode of our popular original series The Big Fat Truth, one of the participants admitted to struggling with an eating disorder. Anytime you or someone you love needs help with an eating disorder, it’s important that you take it seriously and immediately start taking steps towards recovery. 

Check out a clip from The Big Fat Truth below, and learn more about it here

The Most Helpful Resources For Eating Disorders

You can find the most comprehensive, wide-ranging and helpful collection of resources for eating disorders at the National Eating Disorder Association website. If you’re unsure whether or not you have an eating disorder, there’s a questionnaire-style screening tool to help you find clarity. If you need to talk to someone about your eating disorder, there’s a 24/7 helpline with volunteers on hand to offer support, resources and treatment options. Additionally, NEDA’s website also has a comprehensive database of treatment facilities, support groups, local support networks, loss support networks, and family & friends support networks around the United States. You can search for these based on your zip code, insurance, specific eating-disorder, and psychiatric needs. 

Additionally, NEDA has an exceptional directory of other vetted and distinguished resources for eating disorders around the United States. Anyone with needs that feel more specific than what’s included in this piece will find a wide variety of specific groups and organizations there. 

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How To Help A Friend With Eating Disorders

There’s a careful balance between private support and acquiring professional help when you’re looking for help with eating disorders. Something as well established as NEDA is a good place to point your friend when they’re ready, but first you might need to have a frank conversation.

On The Big Fat Truth, a public affairs representative named Jill checked in with her fellow show guests and host JD Roth during an afternoon hike. “I’ll find myself where I’ll go days without eating,” she admitted to the group. “I had an eating disorder before and lost a lot of weight, I lost 70 pounds,” and at that point, Roth reminded her that depriving herself of calories was not the answer. 

Host JD Roth knew he had to address this problem head on, and he went to Jill’s house the next day to help get her on the right track. He told her, “You need to make a promise to yourself that eating is the number one priority. If you need to dial something up, make it exercise. Exercise is the number-one combatant for being depressed.” Talks like this are often pivotal to people looking for help with eating disorders. 

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The Combination Of Personal & Professional Support Is Key

Sometimes, a person who needs help with an eating disorder needs a frank conversation—like JD Roth had with Jill—before they are ready to seek out professional help. Other times, people seek professional help, but lack support or understanding from their immediate support network. So, it’s important that if you or a friend is struggling with an eating disorder, keep in mind that a strong combination of personal and professional support is often effective and meaningful. 

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