I was once told that eating disorders don't afflict happy people. They emerge from underlying issues, representing an individual's attempt to cope with various disorders and life struggles. While an eating disorder is a distinct condition, it also serves as a symptom of deeper challenges. I have personally experienced how anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, over-exercising, body dysmorphia, and low self-esteem can impact every aspect of life. Fed up with feeling sick and tired, I understand the struggle.
As eating disorder therapists, coaches and companions, our aim is to stand beside you and your support network, offering solutions and support. Recovery doesn't follow the same path for everyone, but it requires substantial support and effort. The journey to recovery from an eating disorder is challenging, yet entirely possible, and we are here to assist you on that path.
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Helping someone you care about who has an eating disorder can be frustrating and challenging. I know this may be hard to hear but you can’t control another person. It doesn’t matter how much you love them. The only thing you have power over is how you act in the situation.
In certain regions of South Africa, when someone does something wrong, he or she is taken to the center of the village and surrounded by their tribe for two days while they speak of all the good they have done. They believe each person is good, yet sometimes we make mistakes, which is really a cry for help. They unite in this ritual to encourage the person to reconnect with their true nature. The belief is that unity and affirmation have more power to change behavior than shame and punishment.