"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ten Ways to Prevent an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders are complex and painful illnesses that have many underlying and contributing causes and factors in their development. In view of the growing epidemic in the number of women and men in the United States with eating disorders, it is important to explore ways to prevent this disorder from taking root in someone's life.
The prevention of an eating disorder requires a balanced approach which avoids the extremes in a person's response to life and its challenges and stresses, performance expectations, media influences, cultural and social experiences, etc. Prevention for any addictive problem requires awareness, honesty, balance and wisdom in a person's choices and coping strategies.
In clinical observations, it can be noted that the strategies and ideas helpful in preventing an eating disorder are the same strategies that someone who is in the process of recovery from an eating disorder uses to help them maintain their positive improvements and changes.