Understanding The Truth Behind Eating Disorders

Anita Johnston, psychologist and author of “Eating in the Light of the Moon.” Anita says, “Most people believe eating disorders are about food and they are wrong!”

The Truth Behind Eating Disorders

As you probably know, eating disorders are classified as a mental health condition. In most cases expect for the fear (phobia) of a specific food or group of foods eating disorders are an emotional based problem. A woman or teenage girl who has a distorted body image most likely did not create that body image herself it came from emotional abuse either by a parent or family member telling her she is fat or ugly or even being bullied or teased at school can lead to a distorted body image.

The Addictive Process

Johnston says even women who want to just lose a few pounds (who need to lose a few pounds) can develop an addiction to weight loss. Therefore, it is easy to see how an emotionally abused woman, man, girl, or boy could develop an eating disorder. Once the emotions are confirmed by the mind, the process continues.

The Recovery

For any eating disorder, that affects a female or male is a long up hill battle. Not only does the emotional root have to be dealt with, the addiction that was created along the way has to be broken. Eating disorders are a double-edged sword and professional help is almost always needed for a complete recovery from any eating disorder.


Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

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