What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating Disorders are medically complex mental health struggles that are commonly associated with severe and relentless struggles in eating behaviors and distressing thoughts and emotions around food/eating. Most sub-categories of eating disorders are often associated with preoccupations with food, weight, or body shape, or with anxiety about eating or the consequences of eating certain foods which leads to the common misconception that eating disorders ARE ABOUT food, weight, and body shape. This, however, cannot be further from the truth.
What many clients learn through their recovery journey is that their eating disorder behaviors are often an indirect way of meeting unmet attachment needs, regulating their nervous systems or creating a system of self-soothing. Only once they became entrenched in these behaviors did then societal pressures of diet culture and fatphobia compound an already emotionally complex system of feeling ‘too much’ and ‘not enough’ simultaneously.