Section 6 - Letting go of the eating disorder  pp. 127-128

By Glenn Waller et al.

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It can be difficult to let go of your eating disorder, for a number of different reasons. Indeed, many people have their eating disorder for some time before they decide to seek help or to make changes. The process of recovering from an eating disorder can also take a number of years. Some people feel “stuck” at the age at which they developed their eating disorder, and your eating disorder might mean that you missed out on things such as relationships, friends, a career or living independently. Your eating disorder might have meant that you haven't had to be an adult or make decisions about your life. Alternatively, you might have done these things, but always with your eating disorder in the background, acting as a support or “safety net.” Given all this, you might be wondering what life would be like without your eating disorder.

And then there are those around you. One of the issues that sufferers often find difficult is that family and friends do not understand what you perceive to be the “good” things about your eating disorder. This can mean that while they are very pleased that you are working to recover from your eating disorder, they might overlook some of your worries. Recovering from your eating disorder means that you will have to face your fears and take risks, just like everybody else does, but that you might also be at risk of relapsing.

Section 6

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Reference Title: Further reading: other self-help books that you might find useful for additional problems

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