If a person thinks they may be struggling with an eating disorder, their GP is often the first person they go to, whether of their own accord, or of the persuasion of a friend or family member.

It is extremely important for the patient to feel listened to and valued and since eating disorders are mental illness, its severity is not solely determined by the patient’s weight or BMI. Being told they are ‘not ill enough’ can have a detrimental effect on the patient, as they may feel that they need to carry out the eating disorder behaviours more frequently in order to be listened to or to get help.