Talking With Your Loved One

The first step is often the hardest when you are concerned a loved one has an eating disorder. Laureate provides talking points to help bring up the subject and your concerns.

Helpful Eating Disorder Talking Points

This information can be used when talking to a loved one suspected of having an eating disorder. If you still have questions or concerns, call us. Our admission coordinators can help answer any questions you may have.

Talking Guidelines

  • Share your concerns directly with the person in a calm, caring manner.
  • Provide your observations and guidance while remembering to listen to your loved one's thoughts and feelings.
  • Speak with compassion and concern. Try to avoid judging or criticizing.
  • Avoid focusing on appearance. Comments such as, "You're looking far too thin," or "You're looking great," encourage body image obsessions.
  • Explain what you suspect by describing the problematic behaviors. State your observations.
  • Communicate (1) the seriousness of your concern, (2) your conviction that treatment is necessary and (3) your willingness to provide emotional, financial or other practical support (as applicable).

Conversation Starter Examples

  • "I'm noticing you are skipping meals."
  • "You're eating less at each meal."
  • "You're exercising more, and it's obvious that you're losing a large amount of weight."
  • "I'm concerned for your health."

Learn More About Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Whether you are a young woman suffering with an eating disorder, a parent, a friend or coach, please call our admissions coordinators with any questions. You can reach Lisa and Becca directly at 800-322-5173 or locally at 918-491-3702 and your conversation will be completely confidential.
There is no obligation to proceed with treatment at Laureate just by calling. If Laureate is not an appropriate option for care, our admissions coordinators can also assist with referrals to other treatment programs.