Supporting recovery

Full recovery from eating disorders is possible.

We have seen it and work with people who are either fully recovered or well on their way. This doesn’t mean it is easy, but it is worth it. You are worth it. Life is worth it. It does take time and patience, but recovery is possible.

Recovery is:
  • To be fully engaged with life – to taste life
  • ‘Normal’ eating patterns without guilt
  • Accepting life as it is, and liking yourself as you are

I am a family member or friend or partner. How can I help?

Unconditional love and acceptance are the keys to helping and supporting someone who is trying to recover. Ask this person what you can do – what they would appreciate. Communicate your love, and belief in recovery, in helpful ways.

Talk to the person you are worried about. Share your concerns calmly and ask if you can help. Be brave. Eating disorders happen to the nicest people. They may be feeling extremely miserable and need love and support. Be prepared for denial, but emphasise that we all have stuff we struggle with. If you are really worried, suggest going to the GP with the person.

Being honest, loving and patient – and unshockable – is very helpful. Eating disorders begin as a coping technique for something difficult in life, so emotional support of the person suffering is crucial. They are only partly about food, and more about a defence mechanism against the tricky stuff of life.

For some tips written by families and friends, order our Do’s and Don’ts for Carers here.

Find a tastelife course nearby.


Thank you again for last night. A great evening again and so good to know that there is support out there.

(friend at a tastelife course)