ABSTRACT

Introduction Eating disorders are family disorders. They have a direct or indirect effect on each and every member of the family system. As family members develop anxiety concerning the ill member’s state of health, the “identified patient” becomes the focus of constant attention. Communication becomes guarded and distant, and family members grow fearful of saying the wrong thing or prompting a confrontation, especially when the person denies her illness (Sinicrope Maier, 1996).