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EATING DISORDERS
what's behind the food?

By Debra Mittler CHt.

Have you ever been on a diet? Most of you probably said you have. Why is it that some people develop eating disorders and others don't?

When someone talks about an eating disorder, they are usually referring to anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating or some combination of the three.

What most people don't understand is that an eating disorder is more than just a fad or a diet, it is a behavior that saturates all parts of the person's life; it's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Focusing on food, weight, calories and exercise becomes a way to cope with feelings, emotions and life circumstances, but it doesn't start out that way. When a person first engages in eating disorder behavior they usually do it to lose weight. After awhile they become hooked, the behavior becomes automatic, and the person consciously or unconsciously uses eating disorder behaviors as a way to numb out, to cope and/or to survive.

The eating disorder is an outer a symptom that something is not right with the person internally. When someone has an eating disorder it usually means that the person's food is “out of order” which is symbolic of their life being out of order.

Imagine a young girl, who at the age of thirteen was told by her doctor to lose weight, and went from 140 pounds down to 80 pounds in just 6 months, and for the next 23 years of her life, was in and out of treatment centers and hospitals fighting a life and death battle with anorexia, bingeing, compulsive exercise, self hatred and suicide.

I know first hand what it's like to have an eating disorder; because that young girl was me. Growing up I didn't liked who I was. “I'm not pretty enough, I'm not smart enough, I'm not funny enough, and I'm not thin enough.” A recording was constantly playing in my mind, “I'm unattractive, and nobody likes me.”

As a young child I felt like I couldn't do anything right. If I cried, the people around me would say “stop crying.” If I was scared they would say, “There's nothing to be scared about.” If I was excited, they would say “calm down.” I started to believe that there was something wrong with me and began to deny my own feelings and experiences.   

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