Why do people struggle with an eating disorder?
Thin is In: We live in a society in which there is a great deal of pressure to be thin and, therefore, many people do not accept their bodies.
Sexual Abuse: 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused. When someone is sexually abused and it is not known or justly addressed, that person may carry terrible shame and self-hatred.
Addictive Society: Our foods have artificial and addictive ingredients like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, MSG and others. This causes us to eat unhealthily which creates unnatural cravings and further unhealthy eating.
Life Stress: A part of life is stress, pressure that can become overwhelming and lead to problems.
Attachment Injuries: Human beings are relational beings, and we build a sense of security, safety and self through positive attachments. If we are not allowed to form those attachments or we feel significantly hurt in a relationship, this can cause us great distress.
What are eating disorders?
Emotional Eating: If you struggle with this, it means that food is tied to emotions. You eat to swallow the emotions or to punish yourself.
Anorexia Nervosa: You eat very little to the point that you have a very low body weight.
Binge Eating: This involves eating a large amount of food all at once and next to nothing otherwise.
Bulimia Nervosa: If you have this difficulty, you will eat and then force yourself to get rid of the food. You may do this through vomiting or suppositories.
Other disorders: You might eat non-food items, you may have no interest in food, or you may avoid food.
No matter why or what, Eating disorders are awful for both the person who struggles with them, as well as their families. Anyone with an eating disorder does not enjoy life to its fullest. Their friends and family worry and feel helpless. It is an eyes wide open nightmare that haunts everyone. It could be a lifelong challenge or, unfortunately, even a deadly one. Family TLC knows the torment of eating disorders and has helped hundreds of children, teens and adults. Waiting for public services can mean help happens too late or the help, when it is finally provided, has to be more intensive. Contact Family TLC now and get private help immediately.