Eating disorders are challenging for many people to understand. "Why don't they just stop" is the number one question we get from those who have a loved one with an eating disorder. The misperception is that it should be easy to let go of an eating disorder. In reality, even when a person wants to stop their negative relationship with food, there is a lot in keeping the eating disorder in place. It is a much more complicated disorder than it seems to be. What is actually happening is that food and weight have become tools to manage profound emotional pain. This is the key to understanding a person's relationship with their eating disorder. When a person's relationship with food is used to manage emotional pain, it causes significant physical, psychological, or emotional consequences. The emotional pain often involves feelings of low self-esteem or insecurity, depression, and/or anxiety. In many cases, the person hides the pain so well that it may not be visible to others. If you or a loved one is currently struggling with an eating disorder, don't lose hope. Reach out to one of our qualified therapists today to start the journey of recovery. Whether you are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or another disordered eating or behaviors in combination, we can provide support. If you are ready to step onto the recovery path and find your way to a recovered life, therapy will give you that.
Caitlin Zeigler, Sharon Gaffney, Zamzam Zaman, Brittney Schultz, Brooke Huckabay