National Eating Disorders Association

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likewater
Im worried about my friend

Hi.
My friend told me today that when she drinks she can't control her food intake and that she eats until she will eventually throw up. I think this is an eating disorder behavior and I am certainly worried.

I am currently recovering from an eating disorder and I want to help her, but I don't know how to do without offending her and triggering myself. I do want to tell her the dangers of purging.

(She is only 18..!!)

Adage
Hey likewater. Sorry to hear

Hey likewater. Sorry to hear your friend is having this issue. But I am glad to hear you're concerned with her well being. I think your insticts are right. You want to broach the subject and get her help without pushing her away and without doing harm to yourself.
I think it depends on a few things. Number one: are you in a place right now that you can talk about EDs without becoming triggered yourself. If the answer is no then it might be a good idea to think of a slightly more roundabout way to get her help - maybe involving someone else.
Secondly, as you probably already know, EDs can be a very touchy subject for some people. Your friend's circumstances are unique in that this only happens when she's drunk. How often do you drink with her? And do you think you can get other people involved in addressing this. That may be the way to go about things.

Hope that helps a little.

- Adage