"I was able 'to sit' with my feelings and emotions. I no longer have the need to binge or purge this emotions" shared my client who worked through their eating disorders.
Understanding eating disorders can be challenging if you haven't experienced them yourself. While many are familiar with anorexia and bulimia, there are lesser-known disorders like AFRID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). Diagnosing these disorders is complex due to the overlapping symptoms, and they may manifest differently at various stages of one's life.
If you're experiencing symptoms of an eating disorder like extreme anxiety around food, avoiding certain foods, or binge eating, it's important to understand that it's not your fault. In fact, studies suggest that about half of the risk for eating disorders can be attributed to genetic factors. These disorders are typically caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, personality traits, and external influences like trauma, cultural ideals, social pressure, or other mental health conditions.
Feelings of anxiety, loneliness, depression, a sense of loss of control, and low self-esteem can all be warning signs of an eating disorder. However, a common thread among people with these disorders is difficulty in expressing and coping with their emotions or feelings.
The link between emotion avoidance