Is anyone ever cured from eating disorders?

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Is anyone ever cured from eating disorders?
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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 4:39pm

Is anyone ever cured from an eating disorder and if so how? I had been working with my family doctor for a while but suddenly I got scared that I was going to be cured and quit going.  I don't like the way I feel but on the other hand I am afraid to let go of it just in case of how it might affect me. Does that make any sense to anyone?

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Registered: 09-06-2007
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 4:52pm

It makes sense to me! :)  It's like, I dunno how else to cope  with things sometimes. I feel lost with it. It's been such a large part of me for so long that I have no idea how to be with out it. I cling to it because it's all I know.

I've asked this same question many times and some people say there is such thing as recovery. For me, there's only times of remission...not really recovered. I can reach a point where I can keep from acting on it but the mindset is ALWAYS there. That part of it never leaves me alone so relapse happens time and time again.

Maybe some consider not acting on the ED as recovered?? I dunno...I really have no idea. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not engaging in ED behavior at the moment. That's the best i can do. Maybe that's as good as it gets??

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Registered: 04-21-2003
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 7:12pm

I use to to this board a lot. I believe you can recover from an eating disorder but you will always have the tendicies to go back to your ed behaviors. I am a recovered anorexic and bulimic and on the most part I am recovered. I just lost my dad so I have gone back to my bulimia but have only had 1 day of it in a week other then that I have gone years and have fallen back on my ED every once in a while. I have found out that I am more important then a number that the scale tells me, and I feel better about myself, but like i said you will always have the tendicies to go back to your ed, you have to learn not to let the scale, or the calories freak you out, that is the way I feel ed gets you in its grip

Mary
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Registered: 04-21-2003
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 7:12pm

I use to to this board a lot. I believe you can recover from an eating disorder but you will always have the tendicies to go back to your ed behaviors. I am a recovered anorexic and bulimic and on the most part I am recovered. I just lost my dad so I have gone back to my bulimia but have only had 1 day of it in a week other then that I have gone years and have fallen back on my ED every once in a while. I have found out that I am more important then a number that the scale tells me, and I feel better about myself, but like i said you will always have the tendicies to go back to your ed, you have to learn not to let the scale, or the calories freak you out, that is the way I feel ed gets you in its grip

Mary
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Registered: 07-13-2013
Sat, 07-13-2013 - 4:57pm
In my opinion, no. I have suffered on and off from bulimia for 12 years and while I have successfully had lengthy periods of being healthy(no puking or bingeing) I have "relapses" periodically. Like anything else it is an addiction, I find that if I do not keep myself on a diet I go back to bad behaviors. It's such a struggle. It's very scary having to eat normally and face weight gain. I feel like I will never be rid of this disease. However, I am hopeful that all of us who suffer from an eating disorder can help motivate each other to stay on the right track and maintain a healthy lifestyle.