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"What I wish I'd known then" – Carers reflect at Frontline

Throughout our Frontline conference, we looked at the ways eating disorders affect carers, as well as how they can support their loved one. On day two of the conference, three parents with experience of caring for their child spoke at a panel about what they wished they had known when the illness first developed, as well as what they found helpful when supporting their child. Here are some of the suggestions that emerged throughout their talks and through questions asked by the audience.

While every carer’s situation will be different, and all three panel members acknowledged that they can speak only about their own experiences, we hope that the panel was engaging and informative, and offered some ideas that others can use when caring for their loved ones.