Family Therapy has been proven to be an important element in the treatment of patients with eating disorders. Family Therapy is essential with minors and equally important with adults recovering from eating disorders. Through therapy, families come to discover how they communicate, manage conflicts, or tolerate negative emotions. This can aid in their loved one's recovery. Family Therapy also helps the family understand the role the eating disorder has played within the family, identifies what factors may be maintaining the disorder, and teaches family members how to differentiate between the person and the illness.