The end of the year holidays can be a joyous yet stressful time. While many embrace the holiday season as a festive time to eat, drink and celebrate with friends and family, those with eating disorders such as binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa see it as a nightmare. Individuals with eating disorders usually begin to worry about food consumption at holiday gatherings weeks, sometimes even months before the event. For those who know someone struggling with an eating disorder, there are many helpful ways to support them through the holiday season.
What’s great about these tips is that they can be applied to almost any situation. Work, for example, can be stressful for those with eating disorders. It’s difficult to pack lunch everyday, and sometimes they have to eat out for business meetings over lunch. They may feel pressured to order something and finish it. Another situation could be that they don’t have time to eat a proper meal so they have to grab something fast yet unhealthy. This can result in feelings of guilt and subsequent purging. Working in a fast paced environment can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lunch routine. It’s important to remember that eating out in moderation can be beneficial and that no one should feel pressured to eat anything they don’t want to. Be firm in your beliefs.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Delgado, D. (2018). Eating disorders and the holiday season. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/eating-disorders/201811/eating-disorders-and-the-holiday-season