National Eating Disorders Association

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My younger sister lives with me and my mom. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013. All 3 of us have lost weight, my family is very supportive. My sister reached her goal weight, but I see signs that the attitudes and behaviors surrounding food that she struggled with in her battle with anorexia in her late twenties have resurfaced. She is a normal weight, but is very controlling about her food. I felt as if my diabetes scared her, but someone told me that doesn't have anything to do with it, and that this is a lifelong struggle that has symptoms that can resurface at any time, sometimes triggered by life changes and a lack of control over them, and middle age. She is in her early forties. Anyone care to comment?

Hey SIS2015,

Hey SIS2015,

Welcome to the Forums! Sorry to hear about your sister. You're right, anorexia can often resurface during a variety of life situations or following certain triggers. I've included a link to NEDA's Parent Toolkit, which is a great resource to anyone wanting information about supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.

There's also the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237, which will put you in touch with a trained volunteer who can give you more information and support. Hopefully this will be able to answer some of your questions!