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If you suspect a relative has an eating disorder

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whistles
whistles Community member Posts: 1,583 Disability Gamechanger
An eating disorder. How can you support them? 
All I am managing to do is suggest they see their gp, they haven't done that. This is two years on.

So what else can you do?
They don't think anything is wrong medically, but they are really fussy about eating, things upset their stomach, they have already eaten lunch etc.

Being in their 70's is it normal to be fussy, eat tiny amounts? Not want to be over xx dress size if shopping. 

Thanks for replies.
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  • atlas46
    atlas46 Community member Posts: 826 Pioneering
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    Hi

    There is nothing that you can do.  It is the relative's choice, to decide if she has a health problem or not.

    A clinician would not act on your say so.

    The only way they would act, is if you hold an lasting power of Attourney recorded with the Court of Protection, for health and welfare.

    You could try having a word with their immediate relatives.
  • whistles
    whistles Community member Posts: 1,583 Disability Gamechanger
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    Which is me.
    Do not follow me, I don't know where I am going.
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Community member Posts: 826 Pioneering
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    I would keep on at them, to go and have a check up with GP.
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,793 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @whistles, BEAT have some comprehensive advice online which may be worth taking a look at, and a helpline too- it might be best to talk to a specialist about this. 
  • starchild
    starchild Community member Posts: 14 Connected
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    @whistles i have had an active Ed and still do im nearly 50 im glad that you are keeping an eye on tbis  @Pippa_Scope has mentioned Beat have saved many lives I have never used them yet  you can make a full recovery mine has been acti e for over 25 yrs now recovery is extremely difficult on a mental and physical level it is a personal choice .THERE is a peroson i listen to alot Tabatha farrah maybe out of i terest  you can take a look she recovered herself as got to tired from it all .Certain behaaviours  occur from simply too little food  and lnce into that the mind and gut  change   i have learnt alot about My own Ed from her  good luck lx 
  • Shell56
    Shell56 Community member Posts: 13 Connected
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    Iv suffered with an eating disorder since I was 15,im 47 now, was hospitalised 5 yrs ago, it was touch and go, I was very ill and I totally agree about looking at Tabitha on u tube
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,658 Disability Gamechanger
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    This thread is almost 6 years old, however that said I would totally disagree with looking at anything on you tube about eating, our daughter had anorexia from the age of 15-20 and had we not had an excellent GP at the time we would have lost her about that we were left in no doubt.
    If anybody is reading this has an eating dis-order or you know someone who might have, medical advice is the only way to go.
    We were lucky our daughter lived through the hell that was anorexia, others aren't so lucky
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  • Shell56
    Shell56 Community member Posts: 13 Connected
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    I'm glad you had a good gp, I on the other hand didn't and ended up, in a psychiatric hospital for many months due to the lack of services! My heart is damaged, they tho I was having a heart attack at one point, I agree there is a lot of bad things on u tube, but I will stand by watching Tabitha, I wouldn't recommend anything else. 

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