This is dedicated to all those suffering from eating disorders.
Eating disorders can KILL you! Whether your coping with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive over eating or over exercising. These are all psychological conditions, they are all a choice that you choose to bring upon yourself and they start in your mind with negative thoughts about yourself.
There are different stages to every eating disorder. Preventative action is key which starts with the help from parents and is especially crucial at the childs time of maturity, because of all the emotions and hormones that come into play during adolescence.
Eating disorders can be nipped in the bud during early stages of the condition, however relapses are most likely to occur. To help prevent a relapse or the disorder itself it is crucial that parents involve their children in an activity that will boost their self-esteem. So these children can take their confidence and love for themselves into their futures and greet their future with the full potential of their being.
When an eating disorder evolves into a severe or extreme case it becomes much harder to cure. This can and has lead to death. When these disorders become this severe it consumes the victim like an addiction, and for those of you that have tried to quit smoking know how hard this is to do. Like any other addiction eating disorders effect the victim physically, mentally and spiritually. These conditions involve mild to severe depression, anxiety, fear, extreme low self-esteem, thoughts of suicide and all the physical effects that come into play from malnutrition. They also not only effect the victim they effect the victims family and friends as well.
I am writing this article to tell you there is HOPE!
I myself have suffered from a severe eating disorder that started when I was 13 and ended when I was 20. I felt like I had no one to turn to for help, I felt hopeless, trapped and unloved. I knew I despretly needed help, I wanted to be saved, I wanted to be free again and live a life filled with happiness, instead of the Hell on Earth that became my reality for 8 years.
Because I felt like I had no outside source of options to turn to for help, I was so scared because I didn’t know where to go or what to do. It was shortly after I purchased a Yoga DVD and found the practice of Yoga that helped me save my life. It was through practicing Yoga that I’ve learned you cannot turn to an outside source for answers, you have to turn within. You, hold all the answers to all the questions you’ve ever had. The battle that you are fighting with an eating disorder is a battle in your mind. And only you can turn off the noise. It’s not going to be easy. Life isn’t easy. When you suffer a battle like this it becomes your purpose for the time you are coping with it. You must overcome, so you can help others that also suffer.
This is now my destiny and the reason I decided to teach Yoga, to help others turn within themselves to find the answers. When you find the answers you also find the strength to fight the all the battles that life faces you with. I understand that I had to go through all that pain to become the Warrior I am now. You have the choice! Freedom or Hell. Love or Hate.
If you are reading this and are suffering from an eating disorder or know someone that is suffering please feel free to call me or email me. I am interested in volunteering my time to start a support group.