by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
You may have begun diets or habits of eating healthy only to be sabotaged by a well-meaning friend or family member. It’s disheartening, to say the least, when someone you care about knows you’re trying to lose weight and control overeating habits and still goes out of his or her way to tempt you with the wrong foods or one they know you crave!.
The best way to gain support from family and friends is to be honest with them. Have an old fashioned, sit-down discussion about your eating disorder and tell them how you plan to overcome it.
Ask for their support. If this doesn’t work, you’ll have to find another way to deal with it.
It may be that you see your friends and family only on your terms – that is, not at meal times or meeting at restaurants. Again, be honest with them if they want to know why you can’t come for dinner or meet for lunch.
Let them know you’re deadly serious about conquering this problem.
Sharing your disorder with others who have a similar problem is one of the best and most effective methods of support. There may be organizations in your town or city that offer support.
If not, try an online group. Most offer helpful tips and personal experiences about attaining results from an overeating disorder.
There are also support groups for those parents with a child who has an eating disorder. You can learn how to help your child overcome the disorder without injuring his or her self-esteem.
These support groups – either online or in your area – will help you to understand the various types of overeating disorders (such as Bulimia and Anorexia), lead you along the path of understanding and provide information about how to motivate your child to gain control over the disorder.
“It takes a village,” is a good thing to remember when you’ve got the task of helping a son, daughter or someone you care about to conquer an overeating disorder.
The more information you have, the easier it will become to plot a course of action. Enlisting support from others makes you aware of all the information available and which is best for you and the disorder you’re dealing with.
You’ll also find that you’re not alone. You’ll meet people who are going through what you are and also those who have won the fight. These people can offer valuable facts that will help you move forward to receive the help you need.
Keep in mind that overeating isn’t always about satisfying a food or hunger craving. An overeating disorder can ruin lives and sometimes end lives and the root causes for these disorders must be addressed before the problem can be solved.
When you enlist the aid of a support group, you won’t feel so alone and helpless – and the more you become educated, the more likely you are to be able to help yourself – or someone you love.