Encourage the person with anorexia to speak out and ask for help – the earlier the better. The first person to see is your GP who can carry out a physical assessment to make sure you are safe and refer you to suitable services.
If you are worried about a friend or family member, don’t criticise or lecture. Express your concerns and offer to go with them to ask for help. Expect the person to deny the problem, remain calm and gently reiterate your view when appropriate.
There are many types of support. These include outpatient services, which offer a combination of dietetic, activity and psychological help, day hospital treatment to supervise eating and in patient care. There are also community eating disorder teams who can offer advice on a range of different types of eating disorders.