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Are Eating Disorders A Choice?

Stephanie Haines provides a detailed metaphorical description of why eat disorders are not a choice. Rather, eating disorders are an illness, in which individuals cannot control due to instincts that derive from making a choice about their eating disorder. These illnesses take over one’s life, but it’s important to know that there is help available for anyone suffering from an eating disorder. There are trained professionals to provide support and intervention if you are ready to reach out and ask for help.

Key Takeaways:

  • These behaviors can place even the most capable swimmer at the mercy of the undertow, and pull them under the water.
  • Yes, it’s a choice to go to the beach, to play in the waves, to body-surf; but no one chooses to suffer the destruction of undertows and rip currents.
  • If you have any concerns about you or someone you care about, you can help by reaching out and asking for help.

“Eating disorders are like rip currents. They hijack our instincts, alter our primal signals for survival and change our behavior.”

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