Talk With Your Loved One

Use these guidelines to help you talk with your loved one, if you suspect he or she may have an eating disorder:
  • Provide your observations and guidance while remembering to listen to your loved one's thoughts and feelings as well.
  • 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.

    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 The Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Please call us with questions at 918-491-3702. If you’re outside the Tulsa metro area, please call 800-322-5173. There is no cost for the screening call and no obligation to proceed with treatment.