Eating disorders often have been developed over a period of time, often in secret and in silence, it is a silent disease, before it is discovered. Once parents, carers, loved ones discover the eating disorder, it has often been fully entrenched in the suffers psyche, that is why it is important to seek professional help immediately. In my experience, eating disorders generally do not just go away on their own.
Eating disorders are often defined as, restrictive eating, not eating, binge eating, overeating followed by vomiting or excessive exercise, the suffer is tormented by thoughts that they will get “fat” and be “out of control” if they eat or eat too much “bad” food or if they do not exercise or vomit to a “certain standard”. It is a compulsion with intrusive thoughts and can have an element of OCD pattern of rituals in thoughts and deeds, doing rituals/habits over and over so can feel better or get back perceived control.
Eating disorders can have the potential to be harmful on many levels. This may be as a result of the severe physical effects on the body from restrictive eating, binge eating and vomiting over a long period of time and can effect the functioning of the brain, and the overall health and the emotional state of the client.