Suffering from an eating disorder isn’t any safer than suffering an addiction to drugs. The women who suffer from anorexia, for example, are more or less addicted to weight loss. The problem with this is that anorexia takes it to the extreme by suppressing any appetite or desire for food. With this in mind, anorexia can become life-threatening because, well, our bodies need food to survive. Recovering from anorexia, or any eating disorder, is just as important as kicking a drug addiction. Your health will vastly improve and you’ll look and feel better.
You Can Enjoy Food Without Anxiety
Recovering from anorexia means coping with any lingering weight- or food-related anxiety you might have. By using these coping skills, food can become a positive and even fun part of your life. Food is an art form that holds meaning across various cultures. It’s a way of sharing memories or showing love. During recovery from anorexia, you can re-learn how to truly appreciate and enjoy food again.
You Look and Feel Healthier
The side effects of anorexia go beyond weight loss. This includes thin, dry skin, brittle nails, and weak, calcium-deprived bones. When you’re recovering from anorexia, you’ll gain strength in these and other weakened areas of your body again. In addition, your hair will become naturally shiny and your skin will have a healthy glow that no amount of makeup can match.
You Learn to Embrace and Love Your Body
This is a hard lesson for anyone, even if they don’t struggle with anorexia. After all, we live in a society that glorifies rail-thin bodies. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that we can only be beautiful if we look like the people we idolize in magazines. But the thing is, they’re not even real. Even photos of naturally gorgeous models get altered before publication. The good news is that the stigma surrounding “thin equals beautiful” is being slowly demolished by recent movements that place value on all shapes and sizes. It will probably take some time, discipline and positive thinking, but learning to love yourself again is possible. And you will have an endless supply of support.
You Aren’t Consumed by Numbers Anymore
When you suffer from anorexia, you might be constantly compelled to immediately burn off the calories of the small amount of food you do eat. You’re constantly calculating the ins and outs of what you consume to avoid losing any weight. You may even be working overtime to burn more than you eat. A banana isn’t a snack, it’s a mandatory lap in the pool. But this all grinds to a halt when you’re recovering from anorexia. Sure, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, but you don’t have to constantly crunch numbers in your head to make that happen. Now you can just enjoy a walk in the park with your friends because you want to, not because you have to work off that apple you had.
You Can Rebuild Healthy Relationships
Eating disorders are very isolating illnesses, especially anorexia. You could find yourself stuck in a place where no one truly understands what you’re going through or what’s going through your mind. Even worse, this condition is notorious for tricking people into thinking that others are trying to sabotage their efforts to be thin when in reality they’re just trying to help their struggling loved ones stay healthy. During your illness, you might have avoided your friends or argued with your parents for the sake of essentially starving yourself. Recovering from anorexia will give you the chance to repair any relationships that might have been strained during the course of your affliction.
Recovering from Anorexia at Willow Place
Anorexia is one of the scariest and most harmful mental illnesses that anyone can suffer through. If your health is failing because of anorexia, remember that you have support. Your loved ones and the thousands of women who have survived this disorder encourage you to get help. Recovering from anorexia is possible, and at Willow Place, we offer a variety of programs that can help you restore your health. Please call us at 1-888-651-4212 for more information.