Eating disorder survivors often struggle with their current eating habits after dealing with an eating disorder. It is so important to educate persons about how severe the impact of an eating disorder is on an individual and how such impact often time resonates with them for the remainder of their life. Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. It is difficult for someone who has never struggled with an eating disorder to comprehend how eating habits and patterns never return to ‘normal’ for someone who has had Anorexia or Bulimia, and it can be extremely frustrating to listen to someone tell you to simply stop counting calories or to refrain from having such a strict eating regime.
It is crucial to conduct research on the topic of eating after having an eating disorder, and it is quite normal for individuals to continue behavior they exhibited throughout their disorder whilst in remission, but in a much more controlled and appropriate manner. It is crucial to ensure eating disorder survivors ingest enough food to fuel their bodies and to maintain a healthy body weight once in recovery. Personally, I am unsure if I will ever be able to eat food without calculating the nutritional information of such food in my head, and as much as this realization perturbs me, I have learned to accept it because I am now healthy and eating normally.
Before questioning someone who has struggled with an eating disorder about their eating habits, consider the fact that they are far more informed of their routines and patterns than you may realize. Education is key when it comes to understanding eating disorders, and chances are a survivor will be happy to properly educate you about key details if you approach them with genuine interest.