What should I do now?

Getting treatment as early as possible is important, so the first thing you should do is seek a professional opinion. The longer someone with an eating disorder is left without treatment, the poorer outcomes are both in terms of recovery from the eating disorder and in irreparable damage to the person’s physical health.

Find out as much as you can about eating disorders, how they affect the person and what treatments are available. The Butterfly Foundation (http://www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/) and the Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria (http://www.eatingdisorders.org.au/) have developed excellent information on approaching someone who has an eating disorder.

Use the resources on this website to identify a health professional or service in your local area that specialises in eating disorders, but speak to your General Practitioner first. It is important for all people with eating disorders to be in receipt of medical treatment (assessment, medical monitoring, referral) in addition to psychological and dietetic treatment. If you are unhappy or uncertain with the outcome of seeing one professional, then seek a second opinion – finding someone who has some expertise in eating disorders is important.