As you have arrived here, it's likely that you or someone you care about may have an eating disorder.
An eating disorder can impact anyone of any age, background, gender and geographic location. It's an anxiety disorder that isn't identifiable by a person's weight, activity level and/or food intake amount.
Below you will find links to the most accessed posts and papers on this site that can explain in more depth the condition and the path towards remission.
These are the building-blocks of recovery:
The reality of gaining weight despite calorie restriction is dogmatically put down to a lack of control and not adequately ensuring the calorie restriction is consistently in place. Trouble is, the science thoroughly disproves that dogma.
I will not be able to address all the facets of this topic completely, but I must touch on them in some way because nothing is more difficult to navigate than the presence of both identifiable symptoms due to food intake and an anxiety disorder...
As with the ever-present fear that the metabolism “is broken” many in recovery experience the disconnections between hunger, physical fullness and emotional satiation and worry that the entire energy balance system is “broken” as well.
Some facets of eating disorder-driven behaviors are more socially reinforced than others and exercise is certainly perceived as a life-affirming, stress-relieving behavior that can have no down side.
Part 1 of Phases of Recovery looks at what an eating disorder is, how it's identified and what the prognosis and outcomes are.
Part 2 of Phases of Recovery providing you with some information on how to determine when an eating disorder is present.
In part 3 of Phases of Recovery we review some risks, misdiagnoses and possible complications associated with the recovery process.
Part 4 of the Phases of Recovery looks at the calorie intake guidelines in some depth and discusses the necessity of restorative eating.
The Homeodynamic Recovery Method (HDRM) comprises four phases toward remission of an eating disorder: initial re-feeding, the neither/nor phase, the must-be-done-by-now phase, and the high-risk final phase.
Water retention. Massive water retention. Water retention that hurts. Water retention that aches. Water retention that makes you look pregnant...
Extreme hunger is a common experience for almost everyone undergoing recovery from any kind of eating disorder. Next to the presence of edema (water retention), extreme hunger is one of the most anxiety-provoking elements of recovery.
Questions commonly asked about recovery:
You can never feel completely ready for a recovery effort to get to remission from an eating disorder. But you can have some tools to improve your chances of getting through it all. Here are some options for amassing those tools.
Mirrors, misery and meltdowns: clothes shopping in recovery from eating disorders.
Stepping on a scale for those with eating disorders is a fast track to relapse more often than not. But it's not a fear that needs attention when you are in recovery.
Why it's not okay to be a self-directed fattist.
"but I felt fine all while I was starving, exercising demonically, cycling through starving and eating cycles, actively purging (and so on)?"
We revere the athlete class because they embody the puritanical dream of denying the body to end up in some transcendent state of spiritual purity...
“Am I done now with recovery because ___________(fill in the blank) has happened?”
Most people are under the impression that the calories in alcohol ‘count’. Many with eating disorders avoid alcohol because they are considered ‘empty calories’ in the so-called healthy eating communities.
People who visit this site are often confused about whether the Homeodynamic Recovery Method Guidelines really, really apply to those experiencing cycles of restriction and reactive eating, those with bulimia and those at average to above-average weights. The short answer is “Yes”
Here are a few I have received recently and hopefully this helps others with some of the basics...
Experts have gone down some unfortunate rabbit holes using psychiatric definitions and treatments for eating disorders. It has resulted in treatment specialists encouraging patients to expend energy on suppressing the very things that would ensure their complete recovery.
Dr. Paul Robinson, a leading psychiatrist in the eating disorders field in the U.K., appears largely responsible for the classification and definition of SEED. The primary purpose for such classifications are to ensure that patients receive adequate and continuing support and care.
Is the eating disorder spectrum really much more prevalent in women than men?
I expect the answer is “No.”
As many of you already know, it is as if you become invisible after age 25 when it comes to sourcing information about how to recover from the eating disorder spectrum...