The Worst Assumptions People Make About Living With an Eating Disorder

 

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1.You are visibly ill.
You have to look sick in order to actually be sick. When people hear you have an eating disorder their first initial thought is “Huh, well you don’t look like you have one.” or “You look healthy to me” What they don’t understand is that its not all physical when it comes to an eating disorder. A large majority of an eating disorder takes place in the brain. An unseen battle takes place there.
2. If you just simply eat, it will all get better.
Simple enough right? If you just stop and eat this bagel things with start to get substantially better for you. Wrong Eating disorders go much deeper than food. Eating disorders take hold of a persons way of thinking and it becomes a lot more complicated than just simply eating.
3. There are only two types of eating disorders.
Once someone finds out that you have an eating disorder , they feel like they need to place you in a category which eating disorder do you have in order for it all to make more sense to them, but what they don’t realize is that no eating disorder is the same for every person. Each individual has their own rules and own mindset when it comes to their disorder. Although there are 4 common types of eating disorders; Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and EDNOS (Eating Disorder not otherwise specified.) It’s common for Anorexia and Bulimia to be the first that come to a persons mind.
4. People with eating disorders are vain
Vain and eating disorder couldn’t be less in common if they tried. Someone who’s vain thinks highly of themselves, they carry a high self esteem. whereas someone who is suffering with an eating disorder more often than not have a extremely low self esteem and can never see themselves as good enough in any aspect of their life.

5. Eating Disorders are a choice.
Eating disorders aren’t a choice, genetics and environmental factors play a huge role in development. about 50% is due to genetics and or biological factors. The rest can be situational, trauma societal factors ect. Some people are more susceptible than others.

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