"Parents understand the child best, and therapists need to respect that. Therapists understand the therapy best, parents need to understand this and trust the therapist." -
Elizabeth Davis-Easton, Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver
Suggestions from recovered anorexics after watching the documentary:
Make sure parents know that anorexia does not mean your child does not eat. It means that s/he
restricts dangerously, but still eats. Parents can see their child eat and feel that because s/he is
eating, the issue is not anorexia. Anorexia can be present and dangerous and the child can be seen
The time needed for each of FBT's phases is individually tailored. It is important for parents to
know that relapses are very common. A sufferer may go into phase 2 for a month and then need to
go back to phase one. It can be a back-and-forth battle between the phases for a few months or
several years or even a lifetime. The sooner anorexia is tackled, however, the quicker full recovery
is possible. Anorexia can last a few months, a few years or a lifetime.
Don't allow your child to stay at a thin weight. Too often our culture accepts too thin, just not
anorexically thin, as the ideal. In our experiences, and statistically speaking, those who get at or
above their ideal target weight and maintain that weight for 2 years have a very high likelihood of
never struggling with anorexia again. Parents, challenge your own perceptions of what is beautiful
and healthy. For an anorexic, staying thin may be an ingredient for relapses.