farfrombeauty (farfrombeauty) wrote in ed_ucate,

I had a therapist appointment today, and we were discussing where eating disorders come from. The possible triggers. And the common factors in those who suffer from them. The one major thing seemed to be self-esteem. People with eating disorders generally have low self-esteem, at least from what I've seen thus far. And there is an easy explanation to their behavior...they don't feel good enough. Skinnier is better, they don't 'deserve' food, etc.

But what about those with high self-esteem? I, personally, am quite happy with myself. I feel that I am an extremely intelligent, articulate, well liked person. I don't find myself unattractive, fat, or in need of friends. I don't want to be 'labeled' or fit into some category. But I continue to suffer from an eating disorder. Why? Why do I feel the need to starve myself? Maybe because I feel that I am good enough to go without food. Upon thinking this I realized that it is completely true. I genuinely feel 'too good' for food and fat.

I just thought this was a funny little realization, and was wondering others viewpoints on self-esteem relating to eating disorders.

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