Body Image Betrayal & Related Issues LLC

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SILENCE an eating disorder's greatest weapon in it's effort to maintain control over the lives of survivors struggling to recover.

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Two ways that the eating disorder encourages silence is through FEAR and NOISE.

Fear often drives survivors to keep silent about the truth of what the eating disorder is doing to them.

  • Fear of being found out
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of judgement
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of admitting that there is problem

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Noise refers to all of the internal messages, thoughts and feelings that someone who is struggling with an eating disorder copes with silently every minute of every day. Noise drives the eating disorder behaviors making them a stronger and stronger part of their lives.

So how is noise related to silence? The internal noise for someone with an eating disorder is never heard by the rest of us. Many ED survivors tell of how they felt at war with themselves on the inside, even though they portrayed being happy and healthy on the outside.

In addition, many survivors engage in their eating disordered and other behaviors in an attmpt to SILENCE the noise altogether, even if only for a short while.

KNOWLEDGE is our greatest weapon to support recovery and break the hold that eating disorders have over those struggling to recover.

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Understanding the truths about eating disorders is a critical component of recovery. It is also the best way for loved ones of someone with an eating disorder to understand the nature of the disease, and how they can be supportive of the recovery process, even if they do not fully understand what having an eating disorder is like for the survivor.

Here we attempt to break the silence by providing you with information from several key resources including:


If you are a survivor struggling with an eating disorder, we hope the knowledge we provide you will give you power to overcome the noise,  break the silence of your eating disorder and take away it's power.

If you have a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder, we hope this information will help you to become a positive source of support for them.

At the very least, we hope this information can help you open a dialog to help end the stigmas around eating disorders and break the cycles of silence and misinformation about eating disorders.