This week has been mental health week and we thought it was fitting to write about eating disorders. They’re a lot more common than we think; IMBB finds it important to educate our readers on eating disorders as well as how to deal with them.
Eating disorders can be a serious illness. They’re not only physical but also mental. They occur when someone is dissatisfied about their body and wish to change it using three methods: bulimia binge eating or anorexia. Bulimia nervosa is a condition in which a person will binge eat until they’re satisfied only to vomit it all out. However, binge eating is when a person will eat more than their body requires in order to gain weight. Lastly, anorexia nervosa is a condition in which a person starves him or herself or eats very minimally in order to attain their weight goal.
The first step to recovery is accepting that you have a problem. Once you accept your problem, you’ll be able to move forward with the healing process. There’s no way others can help you until you want to help yourself.
The second step towards recovery is identifying all the factors that may be causing your eating disorder. Is it societal pressure to look a certain way? Is it your peers who are putting pressure on you to look a certain way? Or is it simply genetic? Whatever the root of your problem is, you’ll overcome eating disorders if you eradicate the root of your disorder. For example if your friends are pressuring you to look a certain way, then you should have a talk with them and if they’re still persistent, then you should cut the negativity out of your life. In reality, nobody should make you feel self-conscious. You deserve to be happy and body positive.
The third step is to be charitable to organizations that raise awareness for eating disorders. By donating your time or money, you’ll be more educated about what the organization is trying to do and how they’re helping people. Soon enough, you’ll be looking at your eating disorder and realizing that you can overcome it as well as help other young people overcome it.
The fourth step is to quit body shaming entirely. This will make others feel more comfortable around you. Remember, the golden rule is, treat everyone how you would like to be treated. If you’d feel insulted when someone calls you fat, don’t call someone fat (same thing goes for skinny). Although we may not see something as a criticism, we should be wary and considerate as others may think it’s insulting.
The fifth step is to attend therapy. Seeking professional help is the best way to overcome a disorder. Talking to a complete stranger will honestly make you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders when you share your feelings with people. They’ll most likely encourage you to keep a food journal to record your entire intake. This will help you to eat in a healthy manner.
The sixth step is to help anyone else who may have an eating disorder. Overcoming you eating disorder is great but being a part of someone’s recovery is even more amazing and life changing.
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