chapter  14
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Switching Addictions

Survivors also can move from one type of eating disorder to another. Beth was a fourteen-year-old incest survivor when I first met her. She was anorexic, weighing only 97 pounds at five feet six inches tall. As therapy progressed and Beth dealt with her difficult abuse issues, she began to binge eat. Beth's feelings of anger and powerlessness were expressed as anorexia. Control came when Beth decided that no one could make her eat if she didn't want to eat. As Beth began to get in touch with her anger and all of the losses that she had experienced, she became depressed. Depression was expressed as anger turned inward which came in the form of binge eating. Not only did Beth move back and forth in her feelings, she also moved back and forth in her eating patterns.