Eating disorders (anorexia specifically) have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. This may be a scary statistic to hear, but recovery is entirely possible. One aspect of this involves getting help as early as possible.
The struggle with this is that people in the midst of an eating disorder may not recognise that they need help. As someone who cares about them, you can be a big help here. Being aware and vigilant of the warning signs is key, and then knowing how to support them moving forward.
It’s important to note that while eating disorders can affect the way someone looks (i.e. they may lose or put on weight), it’s the behavioural changes that happen first so these are important to look out for. Someone with an eating problem may not lose or gain much weight at all, but this does not mean they don’t need support.
Spotting the signs of an eating disorder – what to be aware of