Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Eating Disorder Service

Information for family and friends

Top tips for friends

When one of your friends becomes unwell with an eating disorder it can be a very worrying and confusing time. 

  • If you are concerned that a friend might have an eating disorder, talk to an adult about this (perhaps your parent or a school teacher).
  • Don’t be surprised if your friend becomes more withdrawn, this is part of the disorder.
  • Keep supporting your friend, they will really appreciate this even if they can’t tell you.
  • Be aware that meal times will be very difficult for your friend.
  • Try to avoid any comments about their appearance (even positive ones).
  • Help them keep going with their normal interests and friendships.

Last updated: 26 March, 2019