A few things need to be said the day someone is diagnosed with an eating disorder:
This is not your fault.
You can fully recover.
Read about the Minnesota Semi-Starvation Study
But the problem with the Minnesota study has always been that you had to read an entire book, or a chapter to a book you didn't necessarily have, or a long dense chapter from a book from 1997 that is available online but is a copy of a long quote hosted on an iffy site.
So this morning I am thanking Dr. Emily Troscianko for her piece in Psychology Today that explains exactly and specifically what I think parents need to know in a moving and direct way. In the imaginary care package that I wish I could deliver to every family on the first day of diagnosis, this article is on top.
This study isn't all we need to know, but it is one piece we cannot do without.