By Lynne Adkins
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sitting around the Thanksgiving table should be joyful, but it can be quite stressful for someone who struggles with an eating disorder.READ MORE: Police: Man, 2 Children Injured In Crash In Willingboro
Trish Carney, director of nutrition at The Renfrew Center, says there are red flags to notice.
“For someone struggling with anorexia, for example, they are going to be overly focused on food, dieting, counting calories, body size,” she says. “They may often times prepare these elaborate holiday meals holiday desserts for others, and refuse to eat it themselves.”READ MORE: Big Decision Looming For SEPTA Employees As Union Fights For Better Wages For Its Workers
If you feel comfortable, mention your concern to the person in private, not at the dinner table.
“It really is best to kind of bring it up in private,” Carney says. “You know, after the meal you might pull them aside and say ‘I noticed that you weren’t eating one of your favorite foods, is there something going on that you want to talk about?’ You know I’m here for you and want to help you through this difficult time.”MORE NEWS: Flames Put Out After Tearing Through Mount Laurel Home
Or you could mention to another close relative that you’re concerned, and perhaps they should get involved and seek help.