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What Are Eating Disorders?

An eating disorder is a very complex problem that is multifaceted and must be addressed on many sides.

An eating disorder is a very complex problem that cannot be solved with just a diet. In fact, in most cases, a diet will only make an eating disorder worse.

Dieting is a negative concept to a negative problem which only leads to negative results.

Dieting creates a feeling of self-punishment. You must learn a different way of dealing with problems of food.

Recovery means finding out why we use destructive eating.

Communication With the Stomach

After years of binging, purging, or starving themselves, people with eating disorders have destroyed most channels of communication between the stomach and the brain. The word hunger has a different meaning to people who do not suffer from an eating disorder. Hunger generally means, “I better get something to eat.” To a sufferer, it could mean a binge or binge / purge. It could mean reward or punishment. Most people view hunger as a physical feeling, but to the person with an eating disorder it is, in many cases, an emotional feeling. So, as you can see, the communication between the stomach and brain is quite different for people with eating disorders.

Most people see cake and ice cream as something to enjoy. To a sufferer, it can turn into a traumatic experience. The feeling of hunger can represent stress, anxiety, guilt, or remorse. “Full” to someone without an eating disorder can represent a pleasant meal or an enjoyable evening. However to the sufferer, it can represent an emotional state: a condition that is not acceptable or manageable. The end result of this feeling is eating until they are sick or close to it. Food ends up becoming an enemy that you can’t seem to do without. You end up loving it and hating it at the same time.

People with eating disorders not only create stress over the food they eat but any situation that might have anything to do with food – shopping, picnics, and social events. They begin to feel so guilty that they convince themselves that in social situations, people are watching them eat. Of course, they never ask themselves, why would people watch them or why other people even care?

Due to this type of distorted thinking, their social lives become more and more difficult. They seem to get caught in this web of their own weaving. The first thing the sufferer of an eating disorder must learn to do is listen to the signals the body gives them. Try to break down the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. You can’t win the fight against anxiety, low self-esteem, and guilt with a dozen donuts.