What Can Parents Do?

The hardest part of having a child or family member with an eating disorder is the longevity of the disease. Dads especially are used to going in and “fixing” problems; but, when it comes to eating disorders, it is not that simple.

What Can Parents Do to Help?

Parents frequently ask me what they can do. First and foremost, they can be parents — not food police or thera

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focused on helping family members get the information and tools they need to deal with their loved ones. They have support groups, reading materials, guidelines, information on treatment centers, and a lot of options for parents, siblings, significant other to learn and deal with eating disorders.

I also direct family members to 12-step groups for support. It may be AA, CODA (co-dependency anonymous), EDA (eating disorders anonymous) EA (emotions anonymous) — any group that can offer support and a chance to voice your feelings.

At Remuda Ranch at the Meadows, we have dietitians, therapists, and primary care physicians on board to tackle these issues. The family is also considered an important part of our team; we try to educate, support, train, and encourage them through a family week process. We know we are just not treating the patient — it is a family affair. Please call our intake department at 866–390–5100, or reach out to us online, if you need more information about treatment options for a loved one, or for yourself.

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