Misconceptions About Anorexia/eating Disorders
I am a 20 year-old in recovery from anorexia. I am physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy- praise God! I want to help raise awareness about eating disorders so we can now the warning signs and stop their prevalence in our society.
- •It's not usually about weightFor me, it was about having a set of rules so I didn't have to choose anymore. If I set rules on what I could and could not eat, it was one less thing my brain had to wrestle over, when my world was already falling apart.
- •It's not a quick fixI went through extensive treatment in the fall and am now back at college and competing as a D1 athlete. But I am still in recovery, battling the "old way of life," by regularly seeing my therapist and dietician, as well as having my weight monitored. It's a long, long process, but I'm steadily getting there :)
- •Someone you know has an eating disorder and says they "aren't hungry?" Well...they probably aren'tThe hypothalamus regulates hunger in the brain, but when someone has an eating disorder: It receives the wrong messages or no message at all. This means that hunger signals are extremely sporadic or nonexistent. For a rare few: The hunger signals never return, even after recovery.
- •It's not as easy as: "Just eat a burger.""Well gosh....I wish I'd thought of that earlier!"
- •There can be complete healingI believe this with all my heart, because the Lord tells me it is true and because I've met others who have been completely made well from an eating disorder. It gives me hope.