Almost always professional help is required for recovery from an eating disorder, but if you want to try to help yourself, here are some suggestions. If you are not in medical danger, try them for a week. If, after seven days, you can’t shake your preoccupations with food and weight, and especially if you don’t make any progress towards changing harmful behaviors, get help from a resource person — a parent, school nurse, school counselor, family physician, or mental health counselor. These people can be great allies in your struggle for health and happiness. Don’t avoid being honest with them because of guilt or embarrassment.
|Note: if you have even the smallest suspicion you are in medical danger, consult a physician immediately. Eating disorders can kill, and if you are already in trouble, you need medical attention, not self-help tips.|
A reminder: If these tips don’t work for you in seven days, talk over your situation with a resource person — physician, counselor, or the like. If you have even the smallest suspicion you are in medical danger, don’t wait one day longer. Talk to a physician immediately. For tips on how to find help, visit our Treatment and Recovery page.