People with eating disorders often come to feel that they are defined by their condition. Even after they have recovered, it seems that their behaviors are “who they are.” Unfortunately, family and friends can reinforce this notion as they react to the now healthier person they same way they did to the person who was in the grip of the illness. At our teen eating disorder recovery center, we tell the people that we work with that they should take steps to redefine their identity after recovery.
You are Not Your Disorder
It goes without saying, but past behaviors should no more continue to define a person who has recovered from an eating disorder than they should a person who has recovered from cancer. A good first step in redefining your identify is to kindly, but firmly let your loved ones know that. Post originally appeared on AspireWellnessCenter.com blog page.