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Family influence and Eating Disorders
Question: My family will not let me eat what i like. They want to force me to eat their unhealthy food.
Experts on eating disorders vary in their opinions on this question. Some
experts think that anorectics should learn to eat as other people do.
Web4Health-Sweden considers that patients should be encouraged to choose
eating habits and food that suit them. This does not imply that they
should be allowed to continue with food abuse. Eating like that means they
are caught in an addiction and feel compelled to escape their anxiety by
starvation and/or binge-eating. They need help to get out of this unhealthy
way of eating.
Then, they will need extra help in order to find themselves and make their
own decisions. It is better for patients to be independent than to be
forced into a standard which is not their own. A person who makes her own
choices, may of course be more independent than the one who merely adapts
to the norm. The patient may also choose to adapt to what is common, but
then it is her own choice and not something imposed upon her. The aim is
to make patients get in contact with all of their emotions and physical
sensations. Based on that, they will then be able to make choices
according to their own wishes.