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Eating Disorders Explained

An eating disorder is not just about food. Essentially it is a cry for help, and a person’s way of dealing with deep emotional distress. People who suffer from an eating disorder may have experienced other difficulties in life, or grapple with the demands of society to look/live in a certain way. A person may find these demands too much and then rely on their eating disorder as a way to cope.

An eating disorder is often described as a little like having an ‘inner voice’ which constantly whispers negative comments in your ear. These negative comments may include ‘you will not be accepted by people until you are thin’, ‘you will not be accepted by people until you lose weight’, ‘you are no good’, ‘to be worth something you must be thin’ As a consequence a persons self worth becomes based on how one looks . People often forget that self worth is really about who we are and how we feel about ourselves inside.

Therefore controlling the body with food becomes a way of controlling life.

People with an eating disorder begin to feel very negative about themselves. They may feel self-hatred, self disgust, anxiety, panic and fear about living life. Once these feelings take hold of a person, that person very often feels alone empty and isolated living in the world. People can even feel as if they do not really exist. .

Common personality traits of someone who develops an eating disorder

  • A deep sensitivity to people, relationships, and their living environment.
  • Often people with an eating disorder have a creative mentality. This may be shown in artistic ability, writing, weaving, tapestry, dancing, music, singing etc.
  • People with eating disorders are usually people of high intelligence, and ability.
  • People with eating disorders show a deep caring for other people rather than caring for themselves.

People with eating disorders often have strong perfectionistic tendencies