remember speaking with a group of patients about our body checking rituals. In this study the average participant was 33 years old and had been ill for over 16 years.
A study looking at the treatment of those with severe and enduring eating disorders reports statistics on the subject population that are revealing, and very sad.
I mentioned how I used to find it a comfort to hold my hip bone in bed. Eating disorders have such a fundamental impact upon relationships.
‘Rather share your bed with a bone than a bloke.’, another patient said, flippantly. It is often a destructive, negative, limiting and brutal impact, and as relationships and connection are what makes life so worth living, it’s heartbreaking. Not only are energy levels often quite low, particularly for those with restrictive disorders, but all the energy is directed on food, weight and exercise.
The most commonly seen are anorexia (starvation) and bulimia (binge eating and purging food).
There are many reasons that people struggle with these disorders, which include, but are not limited to: Also note that people who are dealing with eating disorders often become preoccupied — even obsessed — with food, and can feel overwhelmed in situations where food is presented or is the focus; for example, a date night at a restaurant or a birthday party with cake, where they might feel they'll be "forced" to eat.1.
If your partner suffers from anorexia and bulimia, they likely need professional help. But a couple struggling with the effects of the pressures of an eating disorder may need a little outside help.
Though eating disorders are more frequently reported in women than in men, they occur among both genders.