I have def been MIA for a hot minute! However, life happens… it is what it is!
I recall writing a blog regarding body dysmorphia last year, but I never really touched on the other rampant eating disorders. The most commonly known E.D.’s are Bulimia and Anorexia. Have you ever wondered why eating disorders begin in the first place?
Most of us think that people develop these disorders due to weight loss efforts which then lead to it becoming an addiction. In a sense, this can apply to some cases and is in fact part of the equation. Nevertheless, it is more deeply rooted. When you wish to lose weight, it generally stems from not liking how you look. If you are unhealthy needing to get healthy and like what you see, you have to be active and eat right. However, those who may only have a little weight to lose aka vanity pounds may actually have feelings of worthlessness, and not even realize it. AGAIN THIS IS not every case, so don’t get crazy!!!!
1 out of 100 American Females develops either disorder. (aw. 1/22/99, p.3) Anorexia is the act of abstaining from food due to fear of gaining weight. Whereas, Bulimia is the same, but the sufferer will binge and purge the food and exercise excessively to counteract the weight gain from over consumption of calories.
These disorders develop for various reasons and most of it comes back to not loving who you are entirely. I say entirely, because personally as a sufferer of both sides of the spectrum, I can attest to this previous statement. Sure I love aspects about myself and qualities that I possess, but I still fight these tendencies. Culture, emotions, genetics, surroundings, & life can all attribute to the development of this sickness. For me, I used to believe it was because of the way I see myself in the mirror… Actually I still think that, but there are emotional scars and life traumas that have attributed to how I view and feel about myself. Some people turn to: drugs, sex, alcoholism to cope with life, but for others it can be an eating disorder. It’s part of a control mechanism. Most of us that have situations happen to us know that we could not control that, but what goes in and out of bodies (Bulimia reference) can be.
I am not very good at verbal communication regarding this subject, but I can definitely write about it. In a sense this helps me continue with my fight of recovery and hopefully help others with theirs.
Awareness + Action = Success! 😝