Hope and Healing eating disorders

Eating Disorders

FAQ:

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Where do eating disorders come from?
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Once the cycle of an eating disorder has become part of a person's life, it isn't always easy to pinpoint the exact cause. Some experts in the field have found that relatives of bulimics suffer from depression, manic-depressive disorder, or alcoholism or other addictions. This suggests a possible genetic predisposition. Some doctors insist it is a disease. Either way, a woman should never be condemned or punished for having an eating disorder. Friends or parents may have pressured her to be thin. She may have been abused and is now dealing with fear and self-hatred. If you are ready to get help for your eating disorder, please consider counseling.
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Why doesn't someone with an eating disorder just stop?
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In the world of professional counseling, eating disorders are considered a compulsion. This means there are underlying issues that compel people to cope with a problem in a way that brings immediate relief. The intent might be to find emotional comfort, it could be to achieve control, or it could be a way to gain power in an emotionally abusive relationship. Eating or not eating may be the only way a person has to cope with a life problem that seems insurmountable. Other, healthier coping skills can be learned, and emotional trauma can be healed through talk therapy.
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What factors contribute to an eating disorder?
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The causes of eating disorders are many, and can be complex. In my view, however, there are three major contributors: America's obsession with thinness and ‘perfection,' family influences, and past events.

Unfortunately, it is relatively rare to find women who are satisfied with their bodies. In the last twenty years there has been an explosion of popular diet books and a new emphasis on fitness. Low-carb, high-protein. The Blood-Type Diet. Miracle diet pills. Every day women in our country are bombarded with visual images of a very narrow definition of beauty that emphasizes extreme thinness.

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