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Bulimia and Holidays

Holidays can be especially emotional for those with Eating disorders

Being with family during the holiday dinners and celebrations can be especially hard for someone who has been abused by family and/or friends.

Food and holiday treats are everywhere at holiday parties and holiday functions, and we with eating disorders have a hard enough time everyday without all this holiday food, candy, special desserts. We like the party, but the temptation is just an added complication.

And that is just the problem with the food and trying to not eat all those foods that are extra tempting for those of us with eating disorders.

Ant often the other difficult part is being around family and friends, because many with eating disorders have experienced abuse from a family member or close family friend who may be in attendance at the holiday event. Or your family may not have protected you from that abuser.

For many with eating disorders, who are working to stop their bulimic and anorexic behaviors, it's often important to Keep your support team on speed dial. This is targeted to people who suffer from bulimia and anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder in which people develop an aversion to food, lose a lot of weight and are afraid of gaining weight.

It's overwhelming to be surrounded by so much special holiday food. It's best to never go to a party hungry. ... That's the worst thing to do. It's really best to have a decent meal before you get there so you're not tempted to binge when you're at the party.

While recovering from bulimia, one of the hardest parts of the holiday season was coping with probing family members. It can be very anxiety-filled, eating dinner with all these people where there were unspoken things you need to say.

A new strategy might be eating dinner first and then attending a party, as a safer situation. If you take care of your physical body and then handle the process, the emotional anxiety that comes with typical social situations will be easier.

Well-meaning family members should try to help people with eating disorders feel comfortable and not ask too many questions about their eating and food choices. Don't push them, don't focus on their appearance or what they are eating.

Rika B.

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