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What do I need to know about caring for someone with an eating disorder?

If you are caring for a loved one with an eating disorder, it's important to know the difference between the facts and myths of eating disorders. It is important to be caring and honest with your loved one about your concerns. If at any time you are concerned about your loved one’s health, tell someone else.

The main thing you should know about caring for someone with an eating disorder is that they are not very good judges of their own healthy weight. You can help them out by keeping magazines with images of extremely thin actresses and pro-anorexia websites away from them. You can also help them cope in more productive ways, such as getting them a journal in which they can write their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Also, make sure that they are keeping with their treatment schedule. You should also be sure to encourage them to be happy with their healthy weight.

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