Eating disorders are complex mental health problems with potential physical complications. Individuals affected will benefit from professional assessment and intervention. For most people, earlier the treatment given the easier it may become to overcome the problem. A delay in seeking treatment is associated with poorer physical and mental health outcome.
Admitting to having an eating disorder can be a big step for many people. Following this initial step what to do next can also seem overwhelming for individuals and their families. A medical practitioner should perform an initial assessment, preferably one with some experience in the area of eating disorders, so that the severity of symptoms can be determined and an appropriate treatment plan can be collaborated with the individual and family. Your GP would be an advisable first point of call for many people.