Eating disorders affect everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background. With today’s media and advertisements showing stick-thin models as the “right” way to look, it makes sense why so many people may develop an eating disorder. A negative body image can lead to serious eating disorder.
National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week starts this Sunday, February 26th and runs through March 4th. The theme of this year’s NEDAawareness Week is It’s Time to Talk About It. The National Eating Disorder Association wants to encourage you and everyone else to talk about eating disorders.
The two most commonly talked about eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia nervosa.
Bulimia is the act of bingeing and purging. A person with bulimia will often consume more calories in one sitting than they would in a normal day. This bingeing leads to guilt and self-shaming which turns into purging. People with bulimia are often a healthy weight but are struggling on the inside.
Anorexia nervosa is a disease that tricks your mind into seeing a distorted, often larger, version of yourself. A person with anorexia starves themselves, forfeiting calories as well as many vitamins and minerals that are necessary to keep their body running. People with anorexia typically appear thin and fragile, but that isn’t always the case.
Although these may be the two disorders that you are familiar with, there are other disordered eating behaviors that you should be aware of.
Binge-eating disorder is very similar to bulimia, but without the purging. A person with binge-eating disorder engages in uncontrollable, continuous eating past the point of fullness. This is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
Orthorexia is an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy eating. A person with orthorexia nervosa has a fixation on righteous eating and it usually starts as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully.
Regardless of which eating disorder is exhibited, those who are struggling with one seek ways to change their body. Today’s media makes it hard to find happiness and peace in your own body, so it is important to promote your own body positivity.
In order to break free from the daunting stress and pressure from the media, I encourage you to embrace intuitive eating where you can begin to trust your inner body wisdom to guide your eating. Intuitive eating can help you love your body again and change your relationship with food. This takes time, patience and support.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please share this information and seek help immediately. The sooner you do, the sooner you will find peace with your body.
If I can help, please email me at Bonnie@DietFreeRadiantMe.com.