Be ready for possible reactions.
- Relief: For some, knowing that someone else is aware of the problem is a great comfort. They are no longer alone with the secret. Finally, someone can help.
- Admission: Sometimes, once she realizes that someone else is aware of the problem, she can admit that something is wrong.
- Defense or denial: When confronted, many will deny a problem exists. Particularly, those who are suffering from anorexia don’t think there is a problem and will try to convince you of that. At first, she may feel shame for being found out, especially bulimics and overeaters. The person may become mad at you. Feeling intruded upon, she will react defensively.
Siegel, M., J. Brishman and M. Weinshel. Surviving an Eating Disorder