Supporting a child through an eating disorder and subsequent recovery is one of the toughest things that a parent can experience in life.

We know that families don’t cause eating disorders. We know that the person themselves doesn’t choose it.

And the evidence firmly supports this.

However, although getting your own support as a parent, partner and family member can make all the difference to your family member’s recovery, we have found that families can be slow to try to access this much-needed support.

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Deirdre Reddan is a qualified coach and eating disorder practitioner, and co-founder of Supported Families, offering support to family members on eating disorder recovery.

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