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An Eating Disorder Isn’t A Choice, Here’s How People Fight Through Them

An Eating Disorder Isn’t A Choice, Here’s How People Fight Through Them

Eating disorders are one of the most common medical conditions in the world today. As of 2011, recent studies estimate that around 30 million Americans have some kind of eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

Because there’s no better way to learn about something than to listen to the people who have faced that situation themselves, here’s what people recovering from eating disorders have to say.

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Other people’s comments can be hurtful, even if they are trying to be nice.

Eating Disorder Comment 8
    From comments on the Mighty’s article, “40 Things People With Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood”

    Eating disorders are controlling.

    Eating disorder comment 11
      From Quora’s “How can I help someone with an eating disorder?”

      Eating disorders are exhausting.

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      Eating disorder comment 6
        From comments on the Mighty’s article, “40 Things People With Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood”

        Eating disorders make you feel guilty.

        Suffering from an eating disorder is like being a prisoner and recovery made me discover the world afresh
          From Quora’s “What is it like to recover from an eating disorder?”

           Eating disorders are deeply isolating.

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          Eating Disorder comment 5
            From Quora’s “How do eating disorders affect relationships?”

             Eating disorders are not all the same.

            Eating Disorder Comment 4
              From comments on the Mighty’s article, “40 Things People With Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood”

               Eating disorders can have both psychological and physical causes.

              Eating disorder comment 10

                From comments on the Mighty’s article, “40 Things People With Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood”

                 Dietary advice does not help.

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                Eating disorder comment 9
                  From comments on the Mighty’s article, “40 Things People With Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood”

                  Recovery is physically and mentally painful.

                  Eating disorder comment 2
                    From Quora’s “What is it like to recover from an eating disorder?”

                     Recovery depends not just on therapy, but on a strong support network.

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                      From Quora’s “How did you begin to overcome your eating disorder?”

                      Recovery is a long, ongoing process.

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                        From Quora’s “What is it like to recover from an eating disorder?”

                         But recovery is worth it.

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                          From Quora’s “What is it like to recover from an eating disorder?”

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                          Last Updated on February 25, 2020

                          Face Adversity with a Smile

                          Face Adversity with a Smile

                          I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

                          My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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                          Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                          One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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                          Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

                          How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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                          1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
                          2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
                          3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
                          4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
                          5. Smile and get cracking.

                          The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

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