5 Lies Your Eating Disorder Is Telling You
Author: Shernide Delva
Eating disorders are psychological disorders. Eating disorders are about control. Those who suffer from eating disorders go to great lengths to maintain an unrealistic body weight. Unfortunately, today’s society is saturated with the message that being skinny is the key to happiness. This could not be further from the truth. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and exercise addiction has a person going to extreme measures to obtain a perfect body.
Eating disorders make promises they cannot keep. Your eating disorder will tell you to base your happiness on the numbers on the scale. As someone who had anorexia in their adolescent years, I can say this is far from the truth. Losing weight in an unhealthy manner left me tired, mentally drained, malnourished, and most of all hungry.
Weight does not define who I am on the inside. My thoughts play a bigger role in how I see myself. It is important to understand that your eating disorder is telling you things that are simply not true. By believing these negative thought, you are only continuing down the path of destructiveness.
Anorexia is an eating disorder that has a person obsessed with every morsel of food they consume. Suddenly, stepping on the scale becomes your daily routine. Your mood depends on the numbers. It is a very sick and disturbing mindset to have.
5 Lies Your Eating Disorder is Telling you
You’ll be happy once you lose more weight.
This biggest lie your eating disorder is telling you is that you will be happy once you lose the weight. Happiness is a journey, and should not depend on the number on the scale or how many calories you have consumed a day. Furthermore, once you lose the weight, you will find that there are so many other issues left for you to tackle. For me, I found losing the weight did nothing to change my state. I was still struggling with anxiety and depression because suddenly I realized nothing in my life had improved. My eating disorder told me that the weight loss would improve my confidence, social life, and self-esteem. Needless to say, that was not the case.
You Gain Control through your Eating Disorder.
Eating disorders are about having control over your life. Perhaps you feel like everything else in your life has been out of your control, and suddenly you have a part of yourself you can control: your weight. Eating disorders fool you into believing that by restricting you diet and exercise, you can control your life. The irony is that eating disorders eventually consume your life. Your relationships will change, and your mindset will completely revolve around food. The only thing your eating disorder is controlling is you.
Your Eating Disorder will control your anxiety and depression.
Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are almost always diagnosed along with mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Many people who struggle with these mental illnesses use eating disorders as a self-destructive coping skill. I found that my anorexia was an excellent distraction from what was going on inside me. However, over time the emotions you are trying to hide surface despite everything you are doing to hide them. At first, it might seem like your eating disorder is keeping you sane, however eventually your eating disorder will take away your sanity and make symptoms of depression and anxiety worse.
The longer you exercise, the stronger you will be.
The drive for perfection can lead many down a very destructive path. Exercising hours upon hours a day is not only excessive, but it is also extremely unhealthy. Over time, the body will break down. It will make it difficult for you to gain muscle, and you will feel weaker, not stronger. There were times where I spent most of the day exercising. Still, I was going about it the wrong way. Eating disorders may leave you with more health problems, instead of health benefits.
You are alone in your struggle.
Eating disorders make you believe you will be lost without them. At first, it is easy to depend on your obsession with numbers and calories as a way to have control and keep yourself company. You may feel like hiding your eating disorder away from orders. Your eating disorder is not a friend to you. You are only hurting yourself my maintaining these rituals. There are many people out there who are going through the same thing you are. You need to reach out and get the help you need to live a healthy life.
Your eating disorder may scream thoughts at you on a daily basis. Recovery may seem impossible. It can be difficult to understand how you can live a life without your disorder, however, realize that your eating disorder is hurting those who love you most. Most of all, your eating disorder is hurting you.
Recovery is possible no matter how long you struggled or how hopeless to feel. Recovery will be challenging, but it will be the most life-changing decision you can ever make. Move on to living the life you always wanted. You are good enough just for being you. Call today.
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