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Do You Have Questions? FIRST30Days Has Answers!

Parents of individuals with eating disorders have loads of questions that are often left unanswered. How do eating disorders affect the brain? How does nutritional rehabilitation restore brain function? Why do our loved ones affected by eating disorders not want to get better? What do genetics have to do with eating disorders? How can siblings be helped and supported? How can parents get their child to eat, and what is considered proper nutrition? What extreme behaviors should parents be concerned about? Is exercise safe? These are all questions that are addressed in F.E.A.S.T.’s new FIRST30Days service that is being piloted during the month of September.

In addition to questions about eating disorders, many parents often need guidance about caregiving as well. What does self-care look like when you are the caregiver of a child with an eating disorder and you are “on duty” 24/7? What vulnerabilities inside the family will the eating disorder use to its advantage, and what strengths can be used to fight the eating disorder? How can families identify their supports and figure out what (and who) their greatest assets are? What tools can parents use to tolerate distress?

We know that parents have questions, and our FIRST30Days service has the answers to all of the above questions and more. Join the hundreds of families who have already started this journey and register now. Once you register, you will receive 30 emails over 30 days with approximately 30 minutes of learning materials. And if you need support either during or after the FIRST30Days, our parent support team is ready and waiting to answer any additional questions and offer additional resources. It’s really true–in 30 days, parents can transform themselves into educated, effective, and empowered caregivers.

FIRST30Days, and all of F.E.A.S.T’s service, are funded solely by the financial support of our parent community. If you would like to help us keep this service running, please to scroll to the bottom of the registration page to donate.

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  1. Gwen Ackerman

    I’m wondering if we could address the complications and issues of dealing with a child (who has become an adult in the eyes of the law) who has anorexia. What do you do when you see real deterioration but your child insists they are “fine” and “feeling better than ever”?

    • Laura

      Gwen, and Lisa, these are VITAL questions that we hope the FIRST30Days emails will help make sense. It is two questions, really: one is how to be appropriate supporters of a legal adult. The other is the person with the eating disorder not living in the same reality as you.

      On the first issue, this may be the most common question we get at F.E.A.S.T. The answers are, unfortunately, quite individual. Depending on the health system, the ill person’s financial independence, and whether the treatment providers believe in working with the family. We can’t say anything that will meet every situation, except this: as parents we have a unique role unlike ANYONE else in a person’s life. So we have to do our best in that role with whatever ability our legal and treatment system allow. Most families can do more than we think we can, especially when we understand:

      The second question: about living in a different reality than our ill person. There is a name for that: anosognosia. Parents who understand anosognosia can do a better job letting go of arguing and explaining, and letting go of the idea that the right words will change things. Here is a page on our site about anosognosia:

      These are tricky ideas that don’t make sense immediately, and take practice. No one expects that our kids will get a disorder that will make them not see when they need help. No one expects to have to argue with a person to get on the same side as the same person!

      But understanding it is the first step.

  2. Lisa

    I am interested in exactly what Gwen Ackerman stated. Please advise.
    Gwen, I understand your question, and I am in the same boat. I feel for you too!

  3. Pam C

    My daughter has a permanent feeding tube. I was wondering if there are recourses out there that help out financially with the feeding and the bags. Also with all her medical bills.

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