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How Eating Disorders Work


Eating Disorders serve as coping tools for more serious and painful underlying issues. An individual struggling with an eating disorder may use it to to cope with life in a variety of differnt ways.

Below are some ways that eating dirsorers "work":

• Emotional comfort or soothing
• Numbing of painful emotions
• Distaraction from life stressors
• A cry for help.
• Release of anger
• Self-Punishment
• Purifing the body.
• Creating small or large body for safety.
• Avoidance of intimacy.



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