Stereotyping that stops people from getting help. Not everyone with an ED is a skeleton. Very interesting post.
There are many things that all sufferers of an eating disorder have in common, whether they deal primarily with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). Many a book, lecture and website has been filled with a detailing of the commonalities, such as low self-esteem, bad body image, a history of painful life events, a lack of healthy coping skills, and not knowing how to get help.
As well, virtually all approaches to recovery from an eating disorder have things in common. Therapists, doctors, inpatient professionals, nutritionists, co-sufferers and others usually recognize that everyone who wants to recover must address their fears, assumptions, and painful emotions. They must challenge beliefs that have held them down for a long time. They must show up to their treatment appointments and do the homework it takes to apply those lessons to their lives. They must take stock of their…
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