Do Eating Disorders Ever Fully Go Away?

In the simplest terms, responding to the question that titles this post, no, they don’t.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’re likely aware that I am an advocate for educating individuals about eating disorders and the consequences they leave in their wake long after they’ve ‘passed.’

I struggled with an eating disorder for a couple of years in high school, dealing with a combination of Anorexia and Bulimia, and although I have recovered according to a textbook definition, I am completely honest when explaining to people that an eating disorder never truly leaves you.

Not for me, anyway. Nor for other eating disorder recoverees I have spoken with.

The thing about eating disorders is that they are so intensely influential on both the mind and body. They seize control of your life, and in time, dictate how you live it. They tell you how to eat, what to eat, what not to eat, how to rid the body of what you ate, and they’re positively relentless.

I am astronomically better now than I was when dealing with my eating disorder when it was rampant, but again, the behaviours and thoughts that accompany an eating disorder haven’t yet entirely left my life, and I significantly doubt that they ever will. This does bother me from time to time, considering I have simply come to a point of control over these thoughts and behaviours, and it is frustrating to acknowledge the fact that these tendencies may be present for the rest of my life.

I am extremely grateful that I sought out and received assistance when I did, because if I hadn’t, I may not be writing this post for you to read. But I think it is so important to inform people of how deeply eating disorders root themselves in the mind, and to remind them that it is okay to still struggle years after they’ve passed.

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