The Problem Of Eating Disorder Recovery

3374 Words Apr 30th, 2015 14 Pages
Maria and Katy Campbell were 11-years-old when they overheard their father say to their mother, “Gosh, those girls are becoming young women, aren’t they? They’re getting hips.” Devastated by the seemingly normal remark a father would make of his preteen daughters, the twins made a pact that night to help each other “lose their hips”, and lose their hips they did. For the 22 years that would follow both women would advance their education to receive their doctorate degrees, and try to live somewhat normal lives- all while weighing less than 84 pounds and suffering in and out of eating disorder recovery clinics. At 33, both women are hopeful that they will someday recover; however, due to the societal misunderstanding that those with eating disorders are “fully recovered” once they no longer have eating disordered behaviors the twins are skeptical that they will ever be able to rid themselves of their eating disordered thoughts. Eating disorder recovery is more difficult to achieve, and often ends in relapse, if treatment solely seeks to improve food intake and weight rather than help patients develop a healthy body image.
Eating disorders can be defined as psychological illnesses delineated by abnormal eating habits, which may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake, to the detriment of an individual 's physical and mental health. One is considered to have an eating disorder when they have serious disturbances in his or her eating behaviors and weight…
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