According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to a person's everyday diet. Eating disorders can include eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating, and this usually occurs gradually until the urge to eat more or less becomes uncontrollable. Eating disorders can be caused by genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological, and social factors. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
If you or a loved one suffers from an eating disorder, discussing the information below with a doctor can lead to treatment and the overcoming of an eating disorder.
Undergo eating disorder therapy and treatment.
There are many options for eating disorder therapy that can be catered to your schedule. Therapy may mean individual, one-on-one meetings with a therapist or group therapy. If an eating disorder has caused serious health problems, treatment by a doctor in a hospital setting might be needed. Speaking to a mental health professional about which type of program would be best is a great start to overcoming an eating disorder.
Start an eating disorder recovery journal.
This can be a small journal or a notebook. Fill this journal with positive thoughts. Write about why you want to recover, what contributes to your eating disorder, what alleviates urges, and where you want to be on the road to recovery. Write down anything and everything that keeps you motivated throughout your journey.
Spend time with supportive people.
Nothing helps your journey along like surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people. These should be people you’re completely comfortable around and those that care about you. They should have a healthy relationship with food, which will be a positive influence on you. If you can find someone whom you admire that meets these qualities, try to spend time with that person as much as possible.
Talk to someone who has recovered from an eating disorder.
Mutual support and understanding of what you’re going through is essential. Talking to people who have overcome the same hardships of an eating disorder will motivate you during your recovery. There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing someone make progress and overcome an eating disorder to live an enjoyable life. If you cannot find someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, your therapist or doctor can suggest groups or people you can talk to.
Reevaluate your idea of beauty.
Our ideas of beauty can be distorted by popular media. The images we see in magazines, on TV, and in advertisements affect us every day of our lives. These images can shape our views of beautyin unrealistic ways. They are often altered to enforce unrealistic standards. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Learning about real beauty and surrounding yourself with a truer vision of it will help your progression.
Establish an eating schedule.
Your therapist will be able to help you make an eating schedule. This detail what sorts of food you want to eat, how much you want to eat, and when you should eat it. Be sure to eat nutritious foods and avoid unhealthy junk foods that will provide little to no nourishment for your body.