Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsSPEAKER 1: There was not one cause for my eating disorder. Actually, there were more reasons why I got an eating disorder. As a child, I already was a very sensitive girl. I wanted to do everything right and was very hard on myself. I was very insecure and looked for ways to feel included. When my parents got divorced, it caused me a lot of stress. I was sad and angry, and felt more and more insecure. I was taking care of everyone so everyone was happy with me. But at the same time, I forgot myself and did not deal with my own real feelings.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsI could not resolve the situation by myself and that caused feelings of failure, and this was very hurtful for me. I was looking for a way to control the situation and to ignore my feelings of sadness. And losing weight became my way of doing so, because losing weight was something I was very good at and people commended me for it, so it gave me confidence. So in my mind, I was constantly thinking about not eating and losing weight, and as a result, I did not feel my anger and sorrow anymore.

Romy about the causes of her eating disorder

In the previous video, you learned that there are multiple causes for people to develop an eating disorder. In this video Romy talks about what the causes were for her eating disorder.

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Young People and Their Mental Health

University of Groningen