Eating Disorders : Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

The most common element surrounding ALL Eating Disorders is the inherent presence of a low self esteem . Having an Eating Disorder is much more than just being on a diet. An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of each sufferer’s life, is caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences, and has profound effects on the people suffering and their loved ones.

  • Dieting is about losing a little bit of weight in a healthy way.
  • Eating Disorders are about trying to make your whole life better through food and eating (or lack of).
  • Dieting is about doing something healthy for yourself.
  • Eating Disorders are about seeking approval and acceptance from everyone through negative attention.
  • Dieting is about losing a bit of weight and doing it healthfully.
  • Eating Disorders are about how life won’t be good until a bit (or a lot) of weight is lost, and there’s no concern for what kind of damage you do to yourself to get there.
  • Dieting is about losing some weight in a healthy way so how you feel on the outside will match how good you already feel on the inside.
  • Eating Disorders are about being convinced that your whole self-esteem is hinged on what you weigh and how you look.
  • Dieting is about attempting to control your weight a bit better.
  • Eating Disorders are about attempting to control your life and emotions through food/lack of food — and are a huge neon sign saying “look how out of control I really feel”
  • Dieting is about losing some weight.
  • Eating Disorders are about everything going on in life — stress, coping, pain, anger, acceptance, validation, confusion, fear — cleverly (or not so cleverly) hidden behind phrases like “I’m just on a diet”.