My battle with anorexia started back when I was in high school. From the outside, everything looked okay - I was getting As and participating in extracurriculars. But inside something felt off, and it only got worse over time.
I had completely distorted body image. I always thought that I would look better if I was thinner. In my head, thin equaled perfection. So, to achieve this feeling of perfection, I started to restrict my calories without thinking about the consequences.
The binges started shortly after. My body was starving for nutrients and it would drive me crazy until I finally gave in to the cravings for food. After a binge I would feel shame and guilt - shame that later just pushed me further into my eating disorder behaviors like restriction or purging.
I want to let people know it’s ok to ask for help - don’t be ashamed of having struggles with food like binge eating or restriction or any form of disordered eating patterns. Over time with support from friends and professionals, I’ve learned how to handle my binges safely and healthily without feeling guilty afterward. My story doesn’t have to be yours too!
I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through - it sounds like a really difficult and scary experience. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this, and there is no shame in seeking out help. It can be really hard to start this journey but the important thing is that you have taken those first steps. You deserve love and support from yourself and those around you!
As a 42-year-old woman I understand how tricky it can be to take control of our relationship with food. I remember being in high school and dealing with these same issues. It’s normal to feel guilty after binges - but don’t be too hard on yourself! With the right support, it is possible to learn better ways of managing your disordered eating patterns without feeling burdened with guilt or shame afterward.
Above all else, please remember that there is always hope for recovery and healing, even when things seem dark. You do not have to face this battle alone - reach out for help whenever you need it!
I can definitely relate to your experience with anorexia and its accompanying distorted body image. It’s common to feel like we need to fit a certain mold of perfection in order to be accepted. But it’s important to know that this isn’t the only way.
During my teenage years, I began restricting my food as a way of gaining control over difficult emotions and situations. But I soon realized that instead of avoiding the problem, I was creating more! The binges and purges soon followed after - it felt like an endless cycle of shame and guilt that would just drive me further into disordered eating patterns.
There is no shame in asking for help! It takes strength and courage to admit you are struggling and seek out support from friends or professional help if needed. Looking back, seeking help early on would have saved me so much hardship and pain. If you ever need someone to lean on, you can always reach out here for support
Hi there, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with anorexia. It can be so hard to ask for help, but it’s courageous and shows strength when you do. Eating disorders are incredibly complex and the effects can be far-reaching, but it is possible to learn healthier behaviors - please know that recovery is possible.
My story isn’t quite the same as yours, but I understand what it’s like to struggle with disordered eating patterns. For me, I was always on diets or trying fad workouts in an attempt to change my body. It reached the point where my relationship with food became unhealthy and I would create all these rules or restrictions in order to stay thin. Over time though, I started taking small steps - mostly gentle exercises and positive self-talk - which have helped me develop a more balanced approach to food and health overall.
Nowadays, I’m much better at recognizing when I’m starting to slip back into disordered thinking or behaviors. If you ever need someone to talk through your experiences with, even if it’s just for support - please don’t hesitate to reach out! Best of luck finding ways that work best for you; you deserve it!