Breaking Free from Anorexia/Eating Disorders

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Overcoming an eating disorder is an accomplishment that some people struggle with for years. Breaking free from the invisible restraints that have controlled your life helps you to begin new and fresh.

Three of the most commonly treated eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia: The most common symptom is refusing to eat regularly resulting in poor nutrition. Those who suffer from Anorexia are dangerously underweight and constantly fear weight gain. As a result of not eating, their body will start to slow down to conserve energy.
  • Bulimia: Those who suffer from Bulimia consume a lot of food and then force themselves to purge. Purging usually makes those who suffer feel less guilty about what they just ate. In some cases, excessive exercise or taking laxatives are ways that makes the person feel like they are burning calories when in reality the food is never properly digested or used as fuel for the body.
  • Binge Eating: This eating disorder is where the sufferer will eat an excessive amount of food in a short period of time followed by intense shame, guilt, or isolation.

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There are other eating disorders, but these three cover overlapping characteristics between most eating disorders.

So what are some ways that a person who is suffering from an eating disorder can finally overcome the hurdle they’ve been dealing with?

Figure Out the Why

In most cases, an eating disorder usually takes shape from an intense, life changing event. Whether this be from a traumatic experience or a toxic friend or family member, it’s important to figure out the cause. This can be a very hard subject to think about. Rethinking and reliving the event that lead to such a dark time is never easy. Once the moment or toxic person is identified, think if that is still prominent in your life at this moment. If it is, it’s important to remove yourself from it because, it can easily retrigger old habits.

Personal Decision

Ultimately you need to make the decision that you want to get better. It can’t be a parent, spouse, or friend’s decision. If it is, there won’t be any will power to make the changes necessary to live a healthier better quality of life. Making the 100% commitment to make positive changes will help you stay accountable to the goals you want to achieve, and help you stay stronger from the day to day struggles you might have.

Support System

Going through such a pivotal moment is tough to do alone. Through these times it’s important to have a support system in place. Whether it be the support of a family member, close friend, or through therapy, having a go to person is critical.  Being able to talk about the good parts of your day, vent about the not so good parts, or even having a shoulder to cry on will help get you through the variety of emotions you have when treating an eating disorder.

If you believe that you or someone you know would benefit from eating disorders treatment, contact The Light Program today at (888) 686-7511 or visit our Seeds of Hope page to learn about our specialty eating disorders program.