Are you or have you ever suffered with an Eating Disorder? If so, have you ever been on the receiving end of someone asking you when you’ll “snap out” of it? Or maybe you’ve been the one to tell someone suffering to “snap out” of it. What most people don’t realize, unless you’ve been through an Eating Disorder yourself, is that this is not something you can merely “snap out” of. If it were, I wouldn’t have a job as an Eating Disorder therapist.
Eating Disorders are a disease, and one that a person can’t just “snap out” of. If a person is struggling with an Eating Disorder, the longer they are struggling and not getting proper care and not actively working on recovery, they are getting worse.
This post is more focused on Anorexia and Bulimia, if you are looking to learn more about why a person can’t just “snap out” of Binge Eating Disorder, this post would be more helpful for you which explains Binge Eating Disorder in terms of Neuropathways.
When a person is suffering with an Eating Disorder, particularly in this case, Anorexia and Bulimia, the Eating Disordered mindset can be very illogical, but it takes over the person’s brain. In Eating Disorder treatment, one of the very first things we do is identify that there are essentially 2 parts of the person; the Eating Disorder self and the healthy self (see BATTLE: Eating Disorder Self vs Healthy Self. When a person is in their Eating Disorder, the Eating Disorder is getting stronger and the healthy self is getting weaker.
Though the Eating Disorder is illogical, it is very convincing. It’s almost like an abusive relationship. Most people in abusive relationships don’t just “snap out” of it. They may get tired of it, may say they’re done with it, may want to be done with it, but the abusive partner tends to win them back. Something very similar happens with Eating Disorders, although the struggles in intrapersonal (within the person) as opposed to interpersonal (between more than 1 person).
Another thing making it difficult to just “snap out” of for these Eating Disorders is the malnutrition that comes alongside. When a person suffers with Eating Disorders and malnutrition, it distorts the brain’s perception and essentially makes the brain sicker so to speak. When their thought process may seem illogical to a healthy mind or when a healthy mind can clearly see how sick they are, the sick mind doesn’t see that it’s illogical and doesn’t recognize how sick it really is.
Proper treatment for these Eating Disorders is extremely necessary. Getting help from someone who understands the Eating Disordered brain and is able to work with it as well as be patient with it is incredibly helpful. Here’s a Guide to Getting Help for an Eating Disorder
I hope you found this post helpful! If you know anyone else who could benefit from reading this, please share with them. If you have any questions, concerns or requests for future posts, please leave a comment or message me privately.
I wish you wellness and understanding on your journey to finding your State of Balance!
You May Also Find these Videos Helpful:
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
or these posts:
BATTLE: Eating Disorder Self vs Healthy Self
Misunderstandings of Eating Disorders
How to Break and Form Habits
Guide to Getting Help for an Eating Disorder
4/3/2020 02:35:49 pm
A couple of days ago, my cousin came to me and told me that she has been struggling to eat because she always feels overweight even though she is very skinny. She mentioned that it has been causing some health problems. I want to help her get better. Thank you so much for the point that this is a problem with the brain's understanding of what is sick, which can make it near impossible to just "get over". I will have to help my cousin look into eating disorder centers that could help her.
4/3/2020 06:48:16 pm
I’m sorry to hear about your cousin’s struggles. It is great that she has a supportive person such as you helping her. Finding an Eating Disorder therapist will be really helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! Also, you may want to check out my YouTube channel or have your cousin check it out. There’s a lot of information there that can be helpful. Best wishes for your cousin!
4/14/2020 03:40:11 pm
It's interesting how an eating disorder can take over a person's mental health. My sister told me that her daughter is obsessed with her food diets and sometimes she does not eat. Thanks for sharing this article, I will talk to my sister to see if she would agree to take her daughter to an eating disorder therapy.
4/14/2020 04:18:42 pm
Thank you for your comment. I’m so sorry to hear about your niece. I would highly recommend getting therapy from an Eating Disorder therapist sooner rather than later. There’s plenty of research that shows us the earlier on this is caught and treated, the better the prognosis. It can’t hurt to talk to someone. If your sister has any questions, please let her know that she is more than welcome to reach out to me and I’d love to help. Best wishes!
6/12/2020 10:23:35 am
I've been having a hard time convincing myself to eat, and it's been this way for a long time. It makes sense that I would want to consider finding a professional to help me out with this. I can see how this would be something that would be incredibly difficult to fix on my own.
6/15/2020 10:23:02 am
Hi thank you for your comment. And yes, it can be extremely overwhelming to work through on your own. Proper help and treatment can only help!! I hope this post and the rest of the information on my site can help you!
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