Profoundly inspirational eating disorder quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.
Famous Eating Disorder Quotes
You dont have to have an eating disorder to be happy or successful. — Scarlett Pomers
We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need. — Marya Hornbacher
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. — Kelley B.
All you need are hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does. — Hannah G.
Only puppies should fear pounds. — Clarice B.
Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation. ― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery
It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid? — Richard Bach
In the entirety of my life, I have never had an eating disorder. — Joyce Giraud
We must be content to grow slowly. Most of us will still barely be at the beginning of our recovery by the time we die. But that is better than killing ourselves pretending to be healthy. ― Simon Tugwell
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, not lifestyle choices. — Demi Lovato
This is my body, my only body. I give my body love, respect and gratitude. — Elysa R.
The stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking didn’t make her skinny, it made her cry. — Laurie Halse Anderson
I don’t believe you have to have eating disorders and mental illness to screw up. — Kirstie Alley
He doesn’t see my breasts or my waist or my hips. He only sees the nightmare. — Laurie Halse Anderson
You didn’t come this far to only come this far. — Sandra D.
Do I want to die from the inside out or the outside in? — Laurie Halse Anderson
If I like myself at this weight, then this is what I’m going to be. I don’t have an eating disorder. — Courteney Cox
I’m here to tell you that if you get broken, it’s possible to put yourself back together. I’m here to tell you that if you get lost, it’s possible that a light will come, dancing, on the horizon, to lead you home. ― Nick Lake, Hostage Three
I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that’s not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, ‘Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately.’ — Meghan Trainor
Eating disorders, body dysmorphia and a general dissatisfaction with one’s life and body seems to ail too many young people. — Carre Otis
Reality may not be what you want it to be, but it is the reality you now must face. You can deny this reality and try to wish it away, or you can accept it and not waste any energy on wanting it to be different. ― David W. Earle
I think I just realized that having a problem – an eating disorder – it’s not healthy and you can actually die from that. I realized it’s not worth it and you just need to be healthy. — Nicole Polizzi
Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend. — Jeremy Taylor
Some people who are obsessed with food become gourmet chefs. Others become eating disorders. — Marya Hornbacher
I am a work in progress. ― Violet Yates, Lost & Found
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Megan K.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own. — Rebecca P.
Have courage and be kind. — Rachel T.
Real hope combined with real action has always pulled me through difficult times. Real hope combined with doing nothing has never pulled me through. ― Jenni Schaefer, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life
You were sick, but now you’re well again, and there’s work to do. ― Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy… ― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls
Let your faith be bigger than your fear. — Maren Z.
Recovery is not a straight line. Be gentle with yourself. — Cait N.
You are Enough. Right here. In this moment. — Rebekah W.
I am more than my size! — Joanne S.
We take action when we have the honesty to admit that things are still broken, despite our best efforts otherwise. We take action when we hold ourselves continually open to new techniques, remaining resolutely receptive to new sources of support and new feeds of information. We take action when we are willing, in each new moment, to try again. ― Shannon Cutts, Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
Part of treatment for drugs and alcohol is you abstain from these, but with eating disorders you can’t abstain from food so the treatment is longer than drugs and alcohol. — Carre Otis
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others. — Dag Hammarskjold
It’s like he has this power over me—like I have an eating disorder and he’s a package of Oreo Double Stuff cookies. — Christopher Moore
I am the master of my fate … I am the captain of my soul. — Carey B.
Just keep swimming. — Holly Z.
Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable. ― D. Laing
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. — Tracey Gold
It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused. — Marcel Proust
It’s just a bad day, not a bad life. In the end, everything is gonna be alright. — Lucia A.
The more people talk about eating disorders, the more people get the real story about what they’re like. — Scarlett Pomers
Once you choose hope, anything is possible. — Kristina Z.
Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. ― Oprah Winfrey
But it is hazardous and, I believe, counterproductive to become frozen in time by an obsession with past wrongs and errors. ― George S. McGovern, Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism
What you persist in doing gets easier. The task hasn’t changed, but your ability to do it has increased. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. — Anita J.
An eating disorder epidemic suggests that love and disgust are being jointly marketed, as it were; that wherever the proposition might first have come from, the unacceptability of the female body has been disseminated culturally. — Rachel Cusk
An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease, and I don’t think you can lightly say that someone has a disease unless they’re openly telling you that they do. — Nicole Richie
Self-love, self-respect, self-worth….there is a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You cannot find them in anyone else. — Liz P.
Binge eating is another eating disorder that people really don’t realize is a problem. — Demi Lovato
I was like ‘No!’ I’ve never had body issues, I’ve never had an eating disorder. I’ve never had to go on a diet and that’s because of Weight Watchers. — Ginnifer Goodwin
It is not a sudden leap from sick to well. It is a slow, strange meander from sick to mostly well. The misconception that eating disorders are a medical disease in the traditional sense is not helpful here. There is no ‘cure’. A pill will not fix it, though it may help. Ditto therapy, ditto food, ditto endless support from family and friends. You fix it yourself. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done, and I found myself stronger for doing it. Much stronger. — Marya Hornbacher
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. — Vanessa Carlton
I suffered from eating disorders when I was just a kid. I did not like me or the way I looked. But back then, you could not tell anyone. — Richard Simmons
With great pain comes great strength. — Lea M.
I’m learning how to taste everything. ― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls
This is the very boring part of eating disorders, the aftermath. When you eat and hate that you eat. And yet of course you must eat. You don’t really entertain the notion of going back. You, with some startling new level of clarity, realize that going back would be far worse than simply being as you are. This is obvious to anyone without an eating disorder. This is not always obvious to you. — Marya Hornbacher
Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out? — Becca H.
Women with body image or eating disorders are not a special category; [they’re] just more extreme in their response to a culture that emphasizes thinness and impossible standards of appearance for women instead of individuality and health. — Gloria Steinem
When I was dealing with the eating disorder, I wanted to look like the stick-thin models, but then I started reading fitness magazines and seeing these girls with great bodies that weren’t too muscular. — Torrie Wilson
I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she’s worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything. — Demi Lovato
I believe in recovery, and as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it. ― Ann Richards
I have a fierce eating disorder that has survived even bariatric surgery. I got even fatter after that! Hey, maybe fat people are just trying to get closer to others, did anybody ever that of that?! — Roseanne Barr
When people have eating disorders, they can’t actually see what they truly look like because they’re so clouded with their emotions. — Paula Patton
Red flag of the eating disorder: the muffin. Keep your eye on the ladies with the muffins…and sometimes I’ll just eat the muffin top. — Janeane Garofalo
Recovery unfolds in three stages. The central task of the first stage is the establishment of safety. The central task of the second stage is remembrance and mourning. The central focus of the third stage is reconnection with ordinary life. ― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery