How to tell someone you have bulimia

Richard Kerr's picture

Want to tell someone you have bulimia but don't know how? Or perhaps you've recently told a loved one you have bulimia and it didn't go so well?

At Bulimia Help we know that bulimia thrives on secrecy so telling a loved one that you have bulimia and asking for their support while you recover can really be a huge step forwards.

But how do you even begin to tell someone that you have bulimia and what can you do to help them understand what you are going through?

At the bottom of this page you’ll find two downloadable guides...

One to help you prepare for telling a loved one that you have bulimia and one to help your loved one deal with the news.

These guides are available to both members and non-members of Bulimia Help and are completely free of charge!

All we ask is that if you find them helpful you consider passing them on to a friend who may also benefit from them.


Step-by-step guide to telling someone you have bulimia (PDF).
This guide contains a 10 step plan that will help you to prepare for telling someone that you have bulimia and is packed with loads of tips and advice on how to deal with their reactions.  

Click here to download


What to do when someone tells you they have bulimia (PDF).

This guide is for anyone who has just found out that a loved one suffers from bulimia. This guide will help you understand what bulimia and recovery is all about. It also gives some excellent advice on how best to support your loved one through recovery and where to find support for yourself if needed! 

Click here to download

1 comment

cherry5000's picture
I wish I had this before I

I wish I had this before I told some of the most important and closest people in my life.
It would have takin the weirdness out of it and maybe would not have had to answer questions that my answer made no sense when I said them out loud

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