I utilize my own shared recovery experience to provide compassionate recovery care and empower clients to a life of health and wellness.
Those who appear drastically different in size and shape within a short period of time are easier to identify as someone with a problem compared to those who remain within an acceptable weight range. Of course, society’s acceptable weight range continues to drop forcing many to feel unacceptable and overweight even when they are not. This acceptance of an extremely thin ideal also makes it difficult to identify those who are struggling. Individuals with eating disorders will suffer in silence as their new “clean” eating and intense fitness regimen wreak havoc in their gut and brain.
over “clean” eating —They refuse to eat a list of certain foods. They become anxious over social settings which include food. They cut out entire food groups. They adopt vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free with no rational or medical reasoning.
from family celebrations and holiday meals. Once enjoyable cooking and eating traditions are turned away for “health” reasons.
They will run extremely long distances, participate in multiple strenuous workout classes per day moving from one studio to another (SoulCycle, Orangetheory, boxing), train even with injuries or illness.
They will complain of GI pain from constipation or acid reflux.
Those struggling with binge eating will hide food and wrappers in obscure places.
They will create false learning disorders in order to obtain Adderall, suddenly require a higher dosage or “spill” their meds in order to obtain more. They may be purchasing laxatives and diuretics.
Stimulants help to suppress appetite. Depressants help with sleep. Overall they are self-medicating to ease the pain of shame involved with eating disorders or may have experienced trauma.
Their photos are never good enough. Their clothes size is never small enough. They obsess over specific parts of their body and constantly compare their bodies to those on social media.
Eating disorders almost always have co-occurring mood disorders. OCD, anxiety, and depression are prevalent among those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
If your child needs more support on your eating disorder recovery journey, I would be honored to work with you. Please contact me here for 1:1 private eating disorder recovery coaching.
Merrit Elizabeth is an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach certified by The Carolyn Costin Institute. She holds a master’s degree in Health Promotion Management and has years of experience working with women with eating disorders.