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Quotes on Eating Disorders

Insightful eating disorder quotes set on beautiful, shareable images. Quotes on anorexia, bulimia, binge eating provide insight into eating disorders.

Insightful Quotes on Eating Disorders

These quotes on eating disorders provide insight and inspiration. They also give you some idea on what it's like living with an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Feel free to share these eating disorder quotes set on beautiful images on your website, blog or social page.

If you have an active eating disorder, before going any further please consider that these quotes and images may be triggering.

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Feeling guilty for eating when you're hungry is like feeling for breathing when your lungs need oxygen. We've literally been taught to be ashamed or our basic human needs. Refuse to feel the shame. You are allowed to eat.”

 

“I won’t let a number on a scale own me.”

Eating disorder recovery will help you get past what you see on the scale.

 

“I intend to accept my body today love my body tomorrow and appreciate my body always.”

 

“I’m tired of hating my own body.”

Eating disorder treatment will help you overcome problematic behaviors associated with food; it can help you to stop hating yourself.

 

“And I said to my body, softy: I want to be your friend”. It took a long breath, and replied: I have been waiting my whole life for this.”

Eating disorder quotes can give you comfort. Try telling your body you want to be its friend ... How does that feel?

 

“Our minds distort our mirrors.”

Have you heard about body dysmorphic disorder? It causes you to see your reflection as hideous instead of what you really look like. It's a true case of the mind distorting the reflection.

 

“Mirrors are just glass and you are more than that.”

Learning how to build healthy self-esteem can help you stop focusing on your physical appearance and become more body-positive.

 

“Girls developed eating disorders when our culture developed a standard of beauty that they couldn’t obtain by being healthy. When unnatural thinness became attractive, girls did unnatural things to be thin.”

Girls aren't the only ones who develop eating disorders. Anyone can develop an eating disorder regardless of sex.

 

“Eating disorders are serious mental illness, not lifestyle choices.”

Eating disorders have causes...and none of the causes is a choice.

 

"Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images."

Isn't that strange? But Cindy Crawford called her pictures images of "the thing" -- the illusion of her, not the reality.

 

"The size of your body has nothing to do with your worth. Nothing."

Binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia and even EDNOS trick you into believing how you look is what you're worth. It's not true. I promise.

 

"There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore."

 

"The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance."

Is binging, purging and restricting the behavior that describes beauty? 

 

"When you starve yourself you feed your demons."

What are your demons? What keeps or kept you tied to your eating disorder behaviors?

 

There are quite a few eating disorder quotes about mirrors. What do you think about this one? "Beauty starts in your head, not in your mirror."

 

"Make peace with the mirror and watch your reflection change."

How long did it take you to stop hating the mirror?

 

Are you here in your eating disorder recovery yet? "I'd rather be strong and happy than be what society thinks is thin and perfect and be miserable."

 

Eating disorder quotes can get right to the heart of the matter: "She tries her hardest to look good. But she still feels ugly."

 

"We get so worried about being pretty. Let's be pretty kind, pretty funny, pretty smart, pretty strong."

Does being 'pretty' take up your time? What would you rather do than obsess about your appearance?

 

"Losing weight is not your life's work, and counting calories is not the call of your soul. You surely are destined for something much greater."

If your best friend said her calling in life was to count calories, what would you say to her? 

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"Hating your body will never get you as far as loving it will."

 

"Focus on how far you've come, not how far you have to go."

 

"She began to measure herself in contentment and laughter rather than inches and pounds."

 

"Sexy is not a size, every calories is not a war, your body is not a battleground. Your value is not measured in pounds."

 

"And I said to my body. softly. 'I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath. And replied, 'I have been waiting my whole life for this'."

 

"Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings."

 

"Fat is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her. I mean, is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me."

 

"Beauty starts in your head, not in your mirror."

 

"The food you choose to eat or not eat does not make you good or bad."

 

"A woman is beautiful when her passions define her more than her looks."

 

"If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideas of beauty would be."

 

"Don't let your mind bully your body."

 

"No scale can measure how much we are loved or how incredibly precious we are."

 

"The dinner table is a battlefield where warriors defeat the eating disorder one bite at a time."

 

"We get so worried about being pretty. Let's be pretty kind. Pretty funny. Pretty smart. Pretty strong."

 

"Weight does not dictate your worth."

 

"You don't have to look like you have an eating disorder to have one."

 

"Don't let the fear of relapsing keep you from recovering."

 

"Stop hating yourself for everything you aren't. Start loving yourself for everything you are."

 

"Recovery is a challenge, but it's not as difficult as continuing to live the wrath of an eating disorder."

 

 "I destroyed my body for a peace of mind I never got."

 

"The size of my waist has nothing to do with my worth."

 

"If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be."

 

"You don't have to be ready to recover you need only to be willing."

 

"Sometimes your biggest bully is you."

 

"You can't weigh beauty."

 

"Recovery is a challenge but it's not as difficult as continuing to live with the wrath of an eating disorder."

 

"Anorexia isn't a diet, bulimia isn't a bad habit, EDNOS is not just being a picky eater. These are horrible disorders, not life choices."

 

"Girls don't just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to."

 

"Having anorexia doesn't mean you don't eat. It means you're consumed by a voice constantly telling you you're not good enough."

 

"Food can become such a point of anxiety - not because it's food, but just because you have anxiety. That's how eating disorders develop."

 

"Don't believe everything you think."

 

"Fat is not a feeling... What are you feeling?"

 

"Beauty is about living your life, and being happy with yourself inside and out, and not worrying about what people think of you."

 

"Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults."

 

"One of the most dangerous myths surrounding eating disorders is that they are a life sentence."

 

"There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore."

 

"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself."

 

"We don't know who is healthy and who is not just by looking at their body shape."

 

"A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience."

 

"Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be."

 

"One woman filled with self-love and self-acceptance is a model more super than any cover girl."

 

"Anorexia is a parasite, not your friend."

 

"Beauty isn't measured in pounds."

 

"Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images."

 

"You go home, you look in the mirror, you cry, you think you are ugly, you think you are fat, you want to die and the worst thing is, the next day it happens all over again until the day you give up."

 

"I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth..."

 

"In the past, my brain could only compute perfection or failure—nothing in between. So words like competent, acceptable, satisfactory, and good enough fell into the failure category."

 

"Clinicians have told me that our emotional is arrested at the age that an eating disorder takes control of our lives. After we recover, we pick up emotionally where we left off at that age."

 

"My body had never felt so small or so fragile. In one sense, it was a moment of ecstasy and I was comforted with soft, almost compassionate, encouragement."

 

"The good news, however, is that, also contrary to popular belief, full and lasting recovery from an eating disorder is possible."

 

"Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries."

 

"She began to be reassured by these pains, tangible symbols of her success in becoming thinner than anyone else. 'Her only identity was being the skinniest'. She had to feel it."

 

"Guilt is a destructive and ultimately pointless emotion."

 

"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself."

 

"What if I'm so broken I can never do something as basic as feed myself? Do you realize how twisted that is?"

 

"I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world... I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest."

 

"I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles."

 

"My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse."

 

"It doesn´t take self motivation to get thin, but instead self hate. Nothing good ever comes from hate."

 

"...compulsive eating is basically a refusal to be fully alive. No matter what we weigh, those of us who are compulsive eaters have anorexia of the soul."

 

"Beauty is not a state of body. It´s a state of mind."

 

"The heart of eating disorders is silence."

 

"Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of 'beauty'."

 

"Starvation is incredibly frightening when it finally sets in with a vengeance. And when it does,you are surprised. You hadn't meant this. You say: Wait, not this. And then it sucks you under and you drown."

 

"Have voluptuousness for an appetizer and bulimia for dessert. Then you can glut yourself on love without getting full."

 

Insightful quote on eating disorders: "We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need."

 

"Anorexia, you starve yourself. Bulimia, you binge and purge. You eat huge amounts of food until you're sick and then you throw up. And anorexia, you just deny yourself. It's about control."

 

"If you talked to your friends the way you talk to your body, you'd have no friends at all."

 

"Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia."

 

"Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery."

 

"Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care."

 

"I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame. I have an eating disorder."

 

"He doesn´t see my breasts or my waist or my hips. He only sees the nightmare."

 

"We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need."

 

"Do I want to die from the inside out or the outside in?"

 

"Eating – overeating – saved me. It comforted me when I was at the mercy of grown-ups who didn't know how to give what I needed. Food was something to which I had ready access, and with it I cleverly fashioned a survival mechanism that pulled me back from the edge of insanity. – a young MacGuyver of angst and junk food."

 

"The stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking didn't make her skinny, it made her cry."

 

“Be kind to everyone, including yourself.”

 

“Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return and you will never be disappointed.”

 

“Beauty is in the way you hold yourself. It is how you treat people. The way you love. It’s self-acceptance. Beauty is in your soul.”

 

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”

 

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”

“Imagine if we obsessed about the things we love about ourselves.”

 

"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself."

 

“If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a different and beautiful world we would live in.”

 

"The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance."

 

"You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful."

 

"Body love is about self-worth in general. It's more than our physical appearance."

 

"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself."

 

"She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful for the way she thought, for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loves. She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile."

APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2013, April 3). Quotes on Eating Disorders, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, October 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/insight/quotes/quotes-on-eating-disorders

Last Updated: April 17, 2020
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Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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