From the outside looking in, perhaps eating disorders and autism couldn’t look more different. Supposedly, people with autism aren’t attuned to their emotions, whereas people with eating disorders are highly sensitive and turn to food/eating behaviours to cope. But strip off the misconceptions, and the two conditions are far more similar than anyone believed.
Everyone is managing a changing world! Measures imposed by our governments have been vital to keep us safe but at what cost? Things as simple as a change in routine, encouragement to exercise or wash our hands can be trigger someone with an eating disorder in unhelpful behaviours.
Recovery from an eating disorder involves a lot of challenging changes. The anorexic mind is all consuming and makes you believe your preference is for low calorie food so strongly that you forget what your genuine likes and dislikes are.