While overcoming all substance addictions is difficult, recovering from an eating disorder is particularly challenging. This is because everyone has to eat to live! Generally, people don’t need to smoke, drink alcohol or abuse drugs in order to live (although a suffering addict might claim otherwise!).
Whether an eating disordered individual is suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, or Binge Eating Disorder, her (or his) relationship with food is not normal. Most people, who are not eating disordered themselves, really struggle to understand how one can form such a warped relationship with food. They simply cannot grasp the pathological behaviors associated with food, body image and eating. Some of these behaviors include purging, abusing laxatives, over exercising, restrictive eating, starving, bingeing to the point of being in physical pain, or compulsively overeating to the point of becoming morbidly obese.