Honesty is the cornerstone of every healthy relationship, so it's natural to worry about how your partner will react when you reveal that you struggle with disordered eating.

There is no single way to disclose an eating disorder—or any other personal issue—to a partner. Some may choose to lay out the facts in a letter; others might opt for a private conversation. If you are already seeking professional help, you may choose to include your therapist in the conversation. A neutral third party with professional expertise can help facilitate the discussion and provide factual information about the disease and treatment. No matter which approach you choose, laying the groundwork with some basic steps will help the process go more smoothly.

Prepare yourself

Planning key points of the conversation will help keep you calm and ensure you approach your partner in a way that makes them feel heard and respected.

Addressing any sensitive topic can be intimidating, so as you plan, remind yourself that you are doing the right thing. If you are