When talking about eating disorders a common and courageous question I get is, “Do I have one?” I say this is courageous because eating disorders are a very secretive illness, hidden, and not discussed. It takes a lot of courage to ask this question. And there can be confusion as to whether or not someone has an eating disorder as there are different forms that many are unaware of. Often times we think about someone who is excessively thin or someone who binges and purges. Those are two very serious forms of an eating disorder, and in addition to anorexia and bulimia, there is also binge disorder and eating disorder NOS.
The common denominator with all of these is the obsession and preoccupation with food. Whether its being out of control or trying to control. It is a technique to self soothe and some of the coping techniques have been to restrict food to the point of an excessively thin, frail figure, binge eating and then purging, excessive consumption of food to the point of obesity, and in some cases, people use large amounts of laxatives or diuretics or even turn to drugs such as cocaine, ephedrine, diet pills, or methamphetamine to name a few. These become techniques to foster the eating disorder obsession. An important piece of recovery is to address the core issue and energy underneath of the obsession and to learn healthier techniques to to have a healthier relationship with the self and with food.
Often times treatment is sought out when the eating disorder has become severe. Seeking treatment when severe or when noticing the symptoms prior to severity is highly recommended because it can get out of control pretty quickly and cause severe damage. At Sovereign Health of California, professionals are available to support you with your goals and meet you where you are at in your recovery process. Getting support and learning that there are others who share the same struggles and to learn to heal is a part of the process. Contacting Sovereign Health can now can get you one step closer to an opportunity to have an increased quality of life and begin to heal.
Learn more from the Sovereign Health ‘Do I Have An Eating Disorder?’
Blog Post By: Jared Friedman
Tags: anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia