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The Link Between Disordered Eating and Your Emotions


The Link Between Disordered Eating and Your Emotions

In the video, I shared my personal experience with disordered eating and how it was linked to my emotions. As a society, we often associate happy feelings with eating and sad feelings with not eating. However, it became disordered when I found myself unable to process any feelings without turning to food. I remember turning to food at a young age when my parents were separating and feeling isolated in school.

Other common triggers for disordered eating can include deadlines, exhaustion, and feeling alone. The real benefit of recovery is the ability to sit with uncomfortable feelings and identify what’s really going on. It’s important to separate normal and disordered eating habits, which can seriously affect one’s health and well-being.

One key takeaway is that recovery is not about discipline or shame but rather an accountability and finding a healthy balance in one’s relationship with food. It’s important to remember that life can still be fun without food as a coping mechanism. Finding support and attending meetings can also be beneficial in the recovery process.

Sharing this video can be valuable for anyone struggling with disordered eating habits or emotional eating patterns. It can also be helpful for the loved ones of those struggling with these issues to better understand the challenges and the recovery process.

Resources mentioned in the video:

  • Haven Becks Saturday Meeting


Q: What are some common triggers for disordered eating?

A: Common triggers can include emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and feeling alone, as well as external factors like deadlines, traffic, and exhaustion.

Q: How do you know when eating habits have become disordered?

A: Eating habits may become disordered when they begin to have serious consequences on one’s health and well-being or when one finds themselves unable to process any feeling without turning to food.

Q: What is the recovery process like for disordered eating?

A: The recovery process involves finding a healthy balance in one’s relationship with food, which may involve accountability and support from others. It’s also important to work on the emotions behind disordered eating and find other ways to cope with difficult feelings.

Q: Is recovery from disordered eating possible?

A: Yes, recovery from disordered eating is possible with the right support and resources. It may take time and effort, but finding a healthy relationship with food is possible.

Q: How can loved ones support someone struggling with disordered eating?

A: Loved ones can offer support by listening without judgment, offering encouragement and positivity, and helping to find resources and support for the individual struggling with disordered eating. It’s important to approach the issue with empathy and understanding.

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