The Problem With Eating Disorders

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The problem with eating disorders is that they don’t magically appear one day. People don’t often realize it is a sickness that is deeply rooted and not just a new way of losing weight. When you start realizing how much your attitude to life has changed, it’s often already too late.

The problem with eating disorders is that they don’t provide you with answers. “Why can’t you eat normally?” “Why do you make yourself throw up?” “Why can’t you just go on a regular diet?” There is no manual when it comes to mental illness. No FAQs. Sorry.

The problem with eating disorders is that somehow, people almost always associate them with anorexia nervosa, while bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are often overlooked.

The problem with eating disorders is that they completely destroy your social, personal, and work life without giving you a ‘proper’ excuse for disappearing completely.

The problem with eating disorders is that you’re not doing it for attention. Or maybe you are. You’re not doing it to become a model just like in the magazines. Or maybe you are. The thing is, there isn’t a right or wrong reason for having them. It’s a sickness, not a way of life. You have no power over them.

The problem with eating disorders is that sometimes, you wish someone could see you throw your guts up, or realize you haven’t eaten in three days, or catch you in the middle of a binge session.

Because then at least, you’d know someone else knew. Someone else might start caring. Someone else might help you feel less alone.
The problem with eating disorders is that no matter what anyone tells you, the chances of fully recovering are so thin. Sure, you’ll get better. Sure, calorie-counting might start seeming less important. But deep down, you know that little voice will always be at the back of your head.

The problem with eating disorders is that you realize it was never about being skinny.

The problem with eating disorders is that you are sick and in need of help. And it is so, so hard these days to ask for or get help.
The problem withe eating disorders is that crying ourselves to sleep every night won’t ever change a thing if we don’t decide to take the first step toward recovering.
The problem withe eating disorders is that no matter how much in control we think we are, we hardly realize how wrong we were.

The problem with eating disorders is that people around you will never, ever truly understand what it feels like unless they’ve had one themselves.

The problem with eating disorders is choosing recovery, even though it is worth it, it will stay one of the most difficult thing you’ll ever do. TC mark

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