My friend’s in hospital with a serious eating disorder. What can I write to her?

Here is a young girl in hospital with anorexia. She is not allowed phone calls or visits from friends. Her best pal from school is desperate to tell her she hasn’t been abandoned. Their only lifeline is written letters.

My friend's in hospital with a serious eating disorder. What can I write to her?

It now feels like I can’t speak to her without awkwardly skirting round the topic.

And her friend wrote to me, for advice on what to write to this poor girl. Would you have advised the same? If not, what would you have said? Read on…

What to write to someone with an eating disorder: the problem

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