Our group members had a discussion about qualities they look for in a friend. We decided that these qualities would also be most helpful if you were caring for someone with an eating disorder.

  • Empathy
  • Loyalty
  • Trust
  • Acknowledgement of difficulties
  • Values your feelings
  • Kindness
  • Mutual understanding
  • Sense of humour- used appropriately can lift spirits
  • Patience
  • Mutual respect
  • Non-judgemental- but able to stand their ground with you and challenge actions where appropriate
  • “Just be there”