Someone once told me that eating disorders don't prey on happy people. An eating disorder doesn't come out of the blue; there are underlying issues that cause an eating disorder. While an eating disorder is a distinct disorder, it is also a symptom of the individual's attempt to cope with other disorders and life struggles. I know first-hand how anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, over-exercising, body dysmorphia, and low self-esteem affects all areas of your life. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. As eating disorder coaches and companions our goal is to come alongside you and your support network to offer solutions and support. Recovery doesn't start at the same place for everyone, but it does take a lot of support and hard work. Recovery from an eating disorder is possible and we are here to help.
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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.