The multi-billion-dollar diet and weight loss industry are in on the secret of how healing eating disorders work. They spend insane amounts of time and money researching the habits and cycles of those with eating disorders so they can prey on their weaknesses. This is the industry of lies where they use what they find out about you against your wellbeing. Healing eating disorders is a long-known issue for many, so capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of those who suffer seems like an easy target to them.
The truth is that the diet industry is a broken system that attempts to implement a bandaid on bullet wound methodology that just doesn’t work. The real reason why there are so many diet fads and trendy weight loss methods that aren’t healing eating disorders? Because they are focused on fixing the superficial layer of what’s going on — not understanding and healing what’s actually causing the eating disorders.
Everything you do is because of something else. There is a reason behind every single thing, whether you care to admit it or not. Women have been falling victim to the diet industry over and over again because they haven’t realized the real reason behind their pain. You have to get to the core issue of what’s going on — I’m talking, you have to get deep — to begin healing eating disorders. The information, diets, and programs shoved down our throats weren’t meant for us to heal. Why? Because if everyone starts healing eating disorders, where are they going to make their profit? There wouldn’t be a need for the multi-billion dollar diet industry.
The term yo-yo dieting is one that I am all too familiar with. I was on 50 diets in 4 years and exercised 2 hours a day. Those are what I call my diet depression days. These were the days that I had no idea what healing eating disorders even looked like. I wasn’t aware of the root cause of why I was eating the way I was or why I was behaving in the way I was. It was just a huge blur where I trusted the diet industry to help guide me to where I was supposed to go.
According to Eating Recovery Center’s listed statistics, “eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with nearly 1 person dying every hour as a direct result of an eating disorder.”
Can we talk about that for a second, please? Healing eating disorders isn’t some far off dream of Hungry for Happiness. This is serious and this mission is about helping women HEAL. Which, by the way, about 13 percent of women over the age of 50 have symptoms of an eating disorder.
What’s NOT working? The diet industry feeding us quick fixes on how to ‘get better’ and us believing it. That’s what’s not working. It’s not about getting better, it never was. It’s about healing and not just that but creating SUSTAINABLE healing.
By focusing on your behaviors, fad diets can produce results, but they are often fleeting. You will most likely fall off the wagon of your trendy weight loss plan and go back to the same behaviors as before. This isn’t the way to healing eating disorders. Why? Because you aren’t addressing the deeper issue, your beliefs. When you focus on your beliefs, you are digging into the problem at the deepest layer possible. Your beliefs are the source of your issues with food and your body.
By restructuring your beliefs, you can create and maintain real change.
And restructuring your beliefs begins with understanding what and why you are doing. It’s about doing the work. It’s about getting so honest with yourself that you can’t turn your back on the truth anymore. It’s about asking yourself, what am I really hungry for?
I wrote my new book, Hungry for Happiness: Stop Emotional Eating and Start Loving Yourself, to support in getting your journey to healing eating disorders started. It’s packed with chapters and chapters of love, support, stories, and guidance so that you can take the steps needed to do the work and HEAL.
You got this.