When you are helping your child beat anorexia, there are definitely things you will want to do and some you will not. Let me tell you some things you can do to have a huge impact on your daughter’s recovery and will make life a lot easier for all of you.

When you are helping your child beat anorexia, there are definitely things you will want to do and some you will not. Let me tell you some things you can do to have a huge impact on your daughter’s recovery and will make life a lot easier for all of you.

  • Involve your child in things unrelated to the eating disorder and keep doing things you have always done, even if her interest has waned a bit because of the obsession with food and weight. She needs to see there is life outside of the eating disorder and you need that reminder too.
  • Help distract her at meal time by making it as enjoyable as possible. Talk about your day, especially anything funny or positive and include the whole family. Siblings have great stories to tell and are always good for a quick laugh!
  • If your daughter doesn’t have a passion for something, this is a great time to explore.Expressive activities like art, music, and dance are great. If her interests are too limited, like on sports, or exercise that contribute to weight loss, help her explore other things. You can also get the family involved in a worthy cause, because it is a good way to get the focus off her and the eating disorder and onto the fact that others have problems too.
  • When the issue comes up, show her you understand that the eating disorder is something the whole family has to deal with and you all need help. When she sees you don’t perceive her as the problem child, her guilt will decrease and this will help her in her recovery. There is a fine line here, however. Remember she is very self-focused right now so if she becomes defensive and responds it is her problem, respect that also. The reality is she does not know what is true right now.
  • When you do have to talk about food, stay calm and firm. Your fear for your daughter’s health can result in your emotional fuse being shorter. It helps to interact from a place of strength instead of anxiety and helplessness. You are the parent, and it is okay for you to act as if you are not afraid, even when you are. She needs to see you are stronger than the eating disorder, because right now she believes the eating disorder has all the power.

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