What is it all about? Why does a person stop eating, starving their brain and body of vital nutrients? Why does another binge and purge, harming themselves with purges that also deprive them of needed nutrients? Is it a choice? Is it even about the food?
We spent much of February talking about eating disorders (EDs), body-image, and self- esteem. Our events looked at triggers, including media influences and personal stressors. Hopefully we were able to pass along to the participants in our discussion groups that once an eating disorder becomes established, it starts making the decisions for that individual. To manage their stress, the individual who is susceptible to developing an eating disorder begins to restrict, binge, purge, and/or excessively exercise to cope. These negative behaviors then become a part of the ritual that defines these illnesses.