Not many people truly know much about eating disorders and how dangerous they are, it is not so easy to understand without going through it. The only thing that will help is to educate people close to you on the disease and things they can and not say to you. Everyone is triggered differently so finding ones that trigger you would be most beneficial. If you don’t feel comfortable telling your family that they shouldn’t say certain statements try having your therapist help. I personally gave my family a list of things to avoid saying because they honestly did not know when they were hitting a nerve or not. Giving a list is always helpful. Things you can say:
- I’m worried about you
- What can I do for you right now?
- I care about you and think you deserve to be happier than this
- Do you need help finding help?
- I’m here for you no matter what
- Can’t you just eat something
- Don’t you know people are starving in the world?
- I wish I had your will power, I need to lose weight too
- Your just trying to get attention
- This is unfair to your family
- I wish I had your body
- You look great
- You look sick
Why people develop Ed:
- -survival strategy
- Provides comfort
- Inability to communicate internal distress
- Call for help
- Manifestation of unresolved trauma
- Coping mechanism
Eating Disorder Facts:
- Anorexia and bulemia are brain disorders, not chosen behavior.
- 50-80% of risk developing is genetic.
- Potentially deadly and dangerous
- Most symptoms due to malnutrition
Anorexia nervosa and what it does to the body:
- Brain- Fuzzy thinking, bad memory, moody, depressed, irritable, syncope
- Hair – Thins and brittle
- Blood – Anemia
- Heart – slow BP, slow HR, palpitations
- Kidneys – failure or stones
- GI – gastroparesis, ulcers, gastritis
- Skin – dry, bruises easily, fine hair all over body, cold easily.
- Muscles/joints – weak muscles, swollen joints, osteoporosis.
- Hormones – bone loss, low potassium, magnesium and sodium.
So many people die from this mental illness and so many more people have no idea how serious it really is.