As a parent or carer, it is important to remember that your loved one’s eating problems are not your fault.
It can feel like a very difficult subject to raise with your child. You might worry you will say the wrong thing, offend, upset them or make things worse. However, talking about the illness is often the first step to recovery and in the long term, your child will be grateful that you care and that you had the courage to discuss it.
There are many ways for you to support your child to help them. The video below provides some helpful information and a full guide for parents can be found here: Eating Disorders Guide – Parents and Carers (September 2021) The document does include some conversation starters which you may find helpful.
My Body My Way provides advice for parents and carers about promoting a positive body image.
CARED Scotland – NHS is designed for parents and carers of young people (aged up to 25) in Scotland who have recently received a diagnosis of an eating disorder and are about to, or have just started, treatment.
There are links to a number of other resources here which you may also find helpful.