Most people think that dysregulated eating and body size is all about choosing the “wrong” foods and eating them in excess. But eating disorders therapists recognize that behaviors often speak louder than words and convey our innermost thoughts, even ones that are hidden away from ourselves. Here are some messages that dysregulated eaters may struggle to express to someone or to the world.



Being thin:

Being fat:

Notice that some of these comments conflict with each other. Notice too the pain in them, the longing, the fierce emotions. Sometimes we’re afraid to put such intensity into words, but as adults, we must learn to do this in order to become mentally healthy. Write down your feelings about starvation, binge-eating, thinness, and fatness. You need never show your list to anyone. You can throw it away or burn it. But know your truth. It will free you from your struggles with food and your body.



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