Eating Disorders and The Lie of Not Deserving to Eat

Woman with no appetiteWhile eating disorders (EDs) are more than just about food and losing weight, those with the said illness are usually preoccupied with distorted thoughts about food and eating. One common example is the concept of not deserving to eat unless they are hungry for a long time, unless they’ve exercised enough, and other strict conditions. This, of course, is just a lie that EDs feed into the mind of sufferers.

Eating, Starving, and Lies

The concept of not deserving any food has made many people with anorexia go as long as they possibly could without eating. Some would even push themselves until they feel extremely hungry or physically ill. There are also those who believe that (giving in to the temptation of) eating when they’re not starving or hungry enough is a sign of weakness. Again, all of these are lies.

Beauty and the False Belief

The truth is people with eating disorders have a distorted body image. This plays a role in how patients approach eating, dieting, and any other aspect of their life. Treatment centers for anorexia nervosa note that this causes some to believe that they will only look better when they’re thin or they will only look beautiful when they weigh under a certain (usually unhealthy) amount.

The Role of Help and Support

Seeking help and support are essential in breaking beliefs that distort the eating habits of those with the disorder. It may not be a smooth process, but the good news is, recovery is always achievable. This is because everyone deserves to be healthy and everyone who knows how to take care of their body and mind is beautiful. These are the truths people need to believe.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder or seeking recovery and support, there are plenty of resources available. The road to getting better will not always be fast or easy, but it can happen with the right attitude and support. And this can be a freeing experience for everyone battling with eating disorders.