Help for parents & carers
If you suspect that someone you love and care for is struggling with food or you have made some discoveries that worry you, please get in touch. I am here to listen to you and to encourage you during this very difficult period, letting you offload some of the tension and heartache.
I speak to many parents each month with children ranging from as young as four years old, to those in their twenties, thirties and beyond. I want you to know that however old your child is, you are always a parent.
Food struggles often begin as a short-term coping strategy, which, if left untreated can then develop into an illness that takes over a person’s life and their willingness to seek help.
Studies show that the sooner someone with eating distress is given help and support, the swifter their recovery.
I know from feedback from parents, that trying to make sense of disordered eating or eating disorders is something needed by family members. Below are a whole range of resources to support you through this difficult time.
“It’s not something you get training for, or much advice beforehand, and suddenly being faced with restricted eating or binging or purging completely threw us into confusion and anxiety. It made us question ourselves and our parenting skills. Understanding why and whether what we were facing was typical rather than ‘just us’, was really important.” ().