Things you should never say to someone struggling with an Eating Disorder

This beautiful human has truly captured some of the things that I have experienced throughout recovery. It is so important to remember that an eating disorder is a mental illness. It is not about what size you are, it is about how you feel in your body, and the thoughts that you have. I am so glad that I stumbled across this blog, and I feel inspired to continue with mine.

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I wrote about Eating disorders & the signs to know if your loved one is struggling with it. Read the post here :  https://cafeavectwali.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/eating-disorders-in-kenya/

This post will be about what NOT to say to someone who has the illness. I’m sure you have your heart in the right place & you really intend to help but you’d need to be careful what you say that could trigger the person, especially when they decide they need the help to recover.

“Just eat” “Don’t eat” “Eat less”

People suffering from an eating disorder already feel conscious about what they do or do not eat. Commenting that they should just eat a portion or not eat at all does not help, no matter which eating disorder they may have. You cannot tell a person who is overweight & struggling with binge…

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