Information for Family and Friends

Knowing how to be supportive of someone close to you who has or may have bulimia nervosa is hard. You don’t want to say or do anything that is off-putting, disrespectful, or makes wrong assumptions. The information here is intended to help you understand the disorder, available treatment options, how well they work, how to find quality treatment providers, how to navigate the health insurance maze, and ways to be supportive.

General information
about bulimia nervosa

Consumer summary:
How well do treatments work?

Common myths
about eating disorders

Should friends and family
be involved in treatment

How to find a suitable
treatment setting

BMI and Growth charts for
children ages 2 to 20 years

Confidentiality issues
and treatment

Guidelines and position statements
related to eating disorders

Mental health parity laws
and their impact on insurance benefits

Coverage policies related to
bulimia nervosa and eating disorders

Options for when insurance
benefits and appeals are exhausted