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Eating Disorders Help Guide
If you have an eating disorder, you may believe that being thin is the key to being happy, or that if you can control what you eat, you’ll be able to control your life. But the truth is that happiness, confidence, and self-empowerment come from accepting yourself for who you truly are—and that’s only possible with recovery.
Overcoming an eating disorder involves rediscovering who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image. It also involves learning to recognize and deal with your emotions in healthy ways, rather than using food—whether by obsessing about it, avoiding it, or overeating—as a substitute.
Anorexia and bulimia aren’t just about food. They’re about using food to overcome
painful emotions such as anger, self-loathing, vulnerability, and fear. Cutting can serve a
similar purpose. Helpguide's' free Bring Your Life Into Balance
Toolkit is a resource for learning how to rein in overwhelming stress and emotions so that
you can let go of unhealthy behaviors.