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Bulimia Nervosa Caregiver Tips
The most important thing you can do for a loved one with bulimia nervosa is to be supportive. Try these helpful strategies:
- Get an accurate diagnosis.
- Look into a treatment center that specializes in eating disorders.
- Watch for missing food, such as bags of chips, cartons of ice cream, or other signs of binge eating.
- Set a good example by not overeating or dieting. Keep only healthy food in the house.
- Be alert to signs of purging, such as vomit-stained towels.
- Find therapists who can understand bulimia and can help individuals learn new coping skills.
- Create a strong support system. The free recovery group Overeaters Anonymous welcomes people with bulimia as well as other eating disorders. Find a local group at [www.oa.org].
- Connect with others for support. Support groups can be very helpful for people who are struggling to help someone recover from binge eating or bulimia.
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