If you have an eating disorder, you may be relying on food (or dieting) to numb agonizing emotions.
Restricting food may help you feel in control of an otherwise uncontrollable situation. You may believe that overeating temporarily alleviates sadness, loneliness, boredom, or rage. You may feel that purging temporarily alleviates self-loathing and feelings of vulnerability. But this relief is only temporary.
Some of the behaviors that surround eating disorders include secrecy about food, excessive exercise, hiding discarded food containers, dizziness, dehydration, hoarding food, or eating rapidly. You don’t have to exhibit all of the signs to have an eating disorder; several signs of eating disorders are enough to indicate that there may be a problem. Complicating matters is the fact that it’s common to have more than one eating disorder at a time, or another condition such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.