Eating disorders have not only globalized, they have also infiltrated demographics previously considered “safe.” It used to be thought that if a girl made it though her teen years without an eating disorder, she would never develop one. But an increasing number of women who ate normally throughout adolescence are being diagnosed in middle age.
Ramadan and Eid are a period of high struggle for those who suffer from Eating Disorders. Post Ramadan and Eid many sufferers felt angry at their inability to defeat their ED. Some really thought they would be able to get a upper hand on this demon and the end of Ramadan will mark their freedom from the confines of the prison of ED. Every kind of ED behavior was used and for most people their Eating habits got worse. This Ramadan I learned one thing and that is Eating Disorders are getting worse. than ever. Some have been struggling with this disorder as long as they can remember.
“I am so mortified and feel like a born failure, I wanted to put an end to binge eating, but I couldn’t, I just had to binge, and since Eid I’ve binged on average 4-5 times a day.” 20 year old Female UK
Another sufferer said: “I wanted to lose weight, and I did. I told myself I will not lose any further weight, but how could I not, when everyone around me was dropping pounds and pounds and I was sitting around like a beach whale. I am so frustrated and angry.”
“If there is one recipe for unhappiness it is that: expectations.”
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Let me clear something about Ramadan- 30 Days of Ramadan are designed to prepare us for rest of the year. In Ramadan, we exercise moderation in our diets, we pray, recite Qur’an and we are encouraged to do good deeds so we can continue with these good behaviors and good deeds for rest of the year. Ramadan is a hiatus where we are encouraged to slow down and really focus on ourselves, so post-Ramadan, we have more self-awareness . Overall Ramadan is a learning experience. This Ramadan was your learning experience, an opportunity for you to really learn about yourself and your ED. So you didn’t fail, in fact your ED failed, because it made you realize on some level that ED does not equal to happiness, with an ED no one is happy.
You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou
If you struggled with your health and Eating this Ramadan then one thing is clear, You need Help. I’m sure you are simply fed up with your Eating Disorder and want to recover, or maybe want to explore the option of recovery. If you want to be in charge of your mind, body and health and want to defeat the demon of Eating Disorder, then take a step forward and go for Help. Make a commitment to your recovery journey and develop a visionary and realistic action plan, so when Ramadan comes knocking on your door next year (Inshallah) you are in best of health, spirit and mind to participate in such a holiest of the holiest month of the year.
The best Post-Ramadan/Eid Gift you can give yourself is a gift of recovery.
BEATING EATING DISORDER TAKES A REAL COMMITMENT BUT YOU CAN DO IT. The decision you make today will be a journey of life time commitment to your health and well being.
“Eating disorders take some time to recover from, and you need a system of support that goes beyond any single level of care,” says Koman. “It may take three, four, five years, and they may go into lots of different programs in that time before they are able to extricate themselves from the series of things that are causing the eating disorder.”
There are many avenues available to you in reaching out for help. See a list below.
True recovery from Eating Disorder involves learning to listen to your body and feelings, trusting yourself, accepting yourself, and enjoying life again.
First Point of Help- GP
Please See Your GP and ask for a Referral to an Eating Disorder Specialist. There are a range of health care professionals who have specific training and experience in the field of eating disorders and represent a very helpful point of contact. Your GP will begin by asking a few questions to determine your health condition, and will then make recommendations for the best avenue for professional assistance. Your GP can refer you to a psychologist or nutritionist in your local area who can take you to the next step towards recovery.
Work with your treatment team to develop an action plan that is rational, culturally sensitive, with a lifelong focus. Make Sure that Your Recovery Plan appropriately stresses improved health rather than appearance.
See a nutritionist or a dietician. This is very important. These nutritional advice session will help you to focus in on the importance of diet in terms of your weight and a healthy lifestyle. These session aims to educate you so you can make better dietary choices. With time you will learn to develop a healthier relationship with the food you eat. Post-recovery, I loved all the ION courses on Nutrition and Healing and learning about the role nutrition plays in healing and longevity.
After GP, The Eating Disorder Helplines are another point of call for anyone who has a worry about an eating disorder or a related issue. These Helplines have a range of services available in helping you take the next step to addressing a potential eating disorder. To explore the range of services they provide, call them now. It may be the most important call you will ever make.
Beat provides helplines for adults and young people which offer support and information to sufferers, carers and professionals.
Help for Adults
The Beat Adult Helpline is open to anyone over 18 who needs support and information relating to an eating disorder, including sufferers, carers and professionals.
Help for young people
If you are 25 or under, call the Beat Youthline.
Eating Disorders Support
UK Telephone Helpline: at any time, on any day.
Support by Email: email@example.com
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
Tel: Sufferers Helpline: Carers Helpline:
Providence House, The Borough, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EG
A national Christian charity. Works to support all those who suffer because of eating disorders and their associated problems regardless of their faith.
Kline House, 13 George Street, West Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BJ
Provides a helpline, counselling and support groups for those living with an eating disorder.
They provide an opportunity for information sharing, increased understanding and peer support. They allow people to discuss and share their lived experience and emotions and to develop new strategies in a safe and supportive environment. Support groups aim to break the isolation, fear and stigma attached to a particular issue by offering support and understanding. It is different in many senses to a therapy group, information group or developmental group.
Bear in mind that these groups do not provide professional advice, medical advice, nutritional advice, counselling, crisis management or case management.
Where can I find a support group?
Beat charity provides a number of support groups across UK for people with an eating disorder and their families, partners and friends. To view support group locations and dates visit beat.co.uk. You can also join online support groups.
Online Self -Help Groups
The first global eating disorders mentoring community where those who are solid in their healing mentor those who are still in the healing process, they are Brilliant and Not for Profit Organization.
NEDA forums are designed to be a safe and welcoming space to discuss issues related to eating disorders, disordered eating and body image.
You can Chat to their Online Helpline volunteer at:
Free Online Counselling
Details of your counselling session will remain completely private and confidential
Please note: this free service is only available between 10.00 – 22.00 UK time every day of the week. If you message one of their counsellors outside of this time you will not receive a response.
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