Recovering from an eating disorder…

6 Feb

Anorexia, bulimia, pica and many more are serious eating disorders that I’m sure you have all seen articles, documentaries and campaigns about. The need to tackle these illnesses is exceedingly important, however what happens when someone has recovered? It’s not always about being able to pig out on McDonalds and other fast food places as some may think. Recovery however from something like this involves a long hard road where the suffering doesn’t change overnight.

Being recovered from an eating disorder may mean that you can now go and enjoy the foods that have for so long been the enemy but that does not mean that it is easy, nor does it mean that said person can just binge eat like their friends. It takes courage and time before the sufferer may feel comfortable to eat to excess or even eat in front of others. Remember the sufferer has gone through months/years of turmoil in relation to food and while they have recovered, they still may be slightly anxious of ‘getting back to normal’ so help them to see that everything isn’t as scary as they may at first think and be there for them.

Parts of the eating disorder may arise if the person is under particular stress or worry but it is important to be there for your friend/relative/acquaintance and remind them why they recovered in the first place. It does not mean that they are going back to old habits but they should be watched just to make sure a stressful time doesn’t bring the on the onset of the illness.

My message to past sufferers who are now gaining weight: it is better, you are now becoming healthy and it is normal to be gaining weight. You know healthy doesn’t mean fat like you used to think. Don’t let a small amount of weight gain allow the illness to reoccur. You recovered for a reason, don’t let just a little healthy weight gain affect all that hard work you did in recovery for you and the people around you. You are not now fat, you are normal, you are able to enjoy life again and food, socialising and chilling. Besides, you can lose some, not to the degree you did before, but it is normal for your body weight to go up and down as you enjoy life. Don’t let a little bit of weight gain ruin so much hard work, think of what you did to overcome the disorder, think of why you did it.

About the Writer: Becky has just finished a degree in English and Creative Writing and is very happy with her 2:1. She is friendly, bubbly and just so happens to be the co-creator of Yellow Bunting. She hopes you enjoy it and that you get involved!

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