Many people with eating disorders feel that they are misunderstood by what they see in their environment and the media. In a new episode of the online series Faqda, some young people are raising this on the occasion of World Eating Disorder Behavior Day. “In the end, when people say I’m not that thin, it breaks my heart. It confirms to me that people really don’t know anything about it,” says Chloë Hutsebaut.
“I have been suffering from an eating disorder for five years and have realized that it is a very debilitating and serious illness that really destroys everything.” These are the words of Chloë Hutsebaut at Studio Brussels this morning. is. In the morning program, she talks about her on World Eating Disorder Behavior Day and the opportunity for a new episode of the online series Faqda.
Today, Chloe is well and has fully recovered from her eating disorder. “A year ago, I consciously chose to recover. Not only for others, but also because it was expected of me, but what it destroys for me and my environment. I didn’t want it anymore. “
A year ago, I consciously chose to recover, not only for others, but because it was expected of me.
Chloe feels that her illness has been a bystander in society for years and now wants to change it by sharing her story with fellow patients. “I want to show that it’s a really tough fight, but I’m writing a book that it can also get better,” she says.
What exactly is an eating disorder?
“Eating disorders Disordered eating behavior Sophie Vanderlinden, a clinical psychologist and behavior therapist, explains: It can be said that the world of human thoughts and emotions is completely controlled by food. Eating disorders put you in jail, you need to do and hear what eating disorders say. “
Too little knowledge
According to Chloë and other young people who testify in the online series Faqda, we still know very little about eating disorders. “People always think it’s very visible when it’s about food and most of the time it’s not even visible to humans,” Chloë emphasizes.
It’s a disease that slowly creeps into your head, she says. “It starts with the idea that you aren’t enough. You start telling yourself more and more as you begin to hate your body and yourself. Before you know it, that hate takes over everything, You start to act on it, but there is a lot of time between that action and the beginning of your thoughts. “
Initially, my weight loss was highly encouraged, which motivated me to go further.
The evolution is so slow that the environment is not always noticeable in time. “At first, my weight loss was really encouraging, which gave me immense satisfaction and continued motivation,” says Chloë.
“Six months later, it became clear to others that it wasn’t good. Then I was suddenly banned a lot and got angry. I realized that a few months ago everything got better but suddenly disappeared. I wasn’t. I thought about that switch and it’s hard to make. “
Not taken seriously
In other cases, people with eating disorders are not taken seriously. I often get comments like “you look good” or “you don’t look like an eating disorder”. It’s a very good start and should never be said. These are my heart-wrenching comments. People really don’t know anything about it. “
“When I ate together in a group, people dare to say,’But I eat a lot, that was fine,’ but they don’t know what will happen before and after. Flowing at home. They don’t know when they don’t see themselves in the mirror or see themselves 100 times in tears, moments of panic, “he said.
Tears flowing home, panic, when they dare not look at themselves in the mirror, they don’t know
This is because people often have a very typical image of what is associated with eating disorders. People often immediately think of the very lean people in the media who don’t want to eat. “I think it’s an evolution in itself, but when we think of eating disorders, it’s certainly associated with anorexia nervosa very quickly,” explains clinical psychologist Vanderlinden.
3 types of eating disorders
“There are three types of eating disorders,” says Vanderlinden. †Anorexia nervosa It means that you eat very little. Bulimia nervosa This means that someone consumes a large amount of food in a short period of time. This causes the person to be afraid to gain weight and try to make up for it.And with overeating There are people with bulimia, but they are no longer compensated. “
Eating disorders are more than what you see, more than just your weight. “The media must portray this complexity. It’s more than just food, weight, and physical recovery. We also have the underlying themes and how people do them differently. We have to dare to see what we need to deal with, “Vanderlinden argues. ..
“I think people need to understand that eating disorders are not an option,” Chloë adds. “It happens to you, it’s a very serious condition, and you shouldn’t wait until you get very deep to ask for help. Even people who are overweight or healthy in weight. Everyone helps. I have the right. “