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Eating Disorders-Bulimia and Anorexia

It is possible to get rid of your eating disorder.

Eating disorders, including bulimia and anorexia, are caused by negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves and our bodies. The beliefs can easily be eliminated with the Decision Maker Belief Process and the feelings with the Decision Maker Stimulus and Sense Processes.

The following is a list of some beliefs that clients with various eating disorders have identified and eliminated. Can you see that anyone with beliefs such as these probably would have an eating disorder? Can you see that if someone didn't have any of these beliefs and, instead, held their opposite, such as "I'm okay just the way I am, I don't have to do anything or be any particular way to be accepted," it would be highly unlikely she would have an eating disorder?

Say each of the following beliefs out loud. If any of them resonate with you, it's probably a belief you hold. Even though you may have held it since you were a child, and even if you've tried a number of ways to get rid of it, the Decision Maker Process can assist you to eliminate it permanently.

  • I have to be perfect or people won't accept me.
  • The way to be in control is to throw up.
  • The way to get rid of feelings is to throw up.
  • Throwing up is the only thing that is totally mine.
  • The ability to eat and not gain weight makes me special.
  • In order to be worthwhile I have to be thin.
  • I'm not good enough.
  • I'm not deserving.
  • I'm powerless; I'm not in control of my life.
  • I'm inadequate.
  • I'm not important
  • I'm not lovable.
  • I have no value.
  • I don't deserve to take up space.
  • There's something wrong with me.

Several clients with eating disorders who used the DM Process to eliminate these and other related beliefs described how it changed their lives:

Jane, 15: "I guess I was about 11 and I was not feeling so great about how I looked. I was going through that awkward stage I know everybody has and I was unhappy about my weight. I got this crazy idea that I could not control my weight, so I just wouldn't eat. That didn't work so well because I'd really be hungry and eat everything I could get my hands on. Then I would be sitting there and start feeling guilty, so I would get rid of all that food. My mom found out and took me to a Decision Maker Facilitator. Using the DM Process I realized I was doing this because of how other people saw me. I eliminated a lot of beliefs. Now I am proud to say I am the weight I should be and I eat healthy foods without any need for throwing up in my life."

Rebecca, 37: "At the young age of eighteen, I suddenly discovered a way to manage my feelings. I would binge and purge up to three times per day. If that wasn't bad enough, I also abused alcohol and cocaine. I clearly could not handle life and saw no other way to survive. I was in and out of therapy and, after a failed marriage, checked myself into a rehab center. But I wasn't ready to give up my vices. The eating disorder was still out of control. Finally I heard about the Decision Maker Process. My life has changed since that day.

"I soon discovered that the bulimia, alcohol and drug addiction were what we call 'survival strategies.' I used these addictions to handle negative beliefs I had concluded about myself, based on an emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive childhood. Once I was able to get rid of these, and hundreds of other beliefs, the 'survival strategies' slowly subsided. After about six months of weekly sessions, I started to see dramatic changes in my life. I can confidently and humbly say I have not thought about bingeing for almost three years. This is truly a miracle cure."

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