Something That Really Annoys Me: Anorexia and Bulimia vs Compulsive Eating

You know what really annoys me? People who don’t see Compulsive Eating as an eating disorder. Why is it that when someone is scary thin and admits to having Anorexia or Bulimia there is a collective “aww,” but when someone who is visibly fat and admits to having a Compulsive Eating disorder people just roll their eyes and snicker? I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and let me tell you that Compulsive Eating and Food Addiction are eating disorders just like Anorexia and Bulimia. In all of them there is an element of control. For many with eating disorders, we feel like it’s the only thing in our lives we have control over whether we eat or don’t eat. In addition, many develop eating disorders for the same reasons such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional issues, mental health issues, abandonment, etc. So, why is it sad when someone is emaciated, but funny when they are obese? Take some time to mull this over and perhaps see that the obese person with an eating disorder warrants the same sympathy and help provided to her thin counterpart.

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