Coping With Your Eating Disorder: Quotes To Help You Through

By Mason Komay

Updated May 28, 2020

Reviewer Audrey Kelly, LMFT

It is difficult to understand the struggle of suffering from an eating disorder unless you have experienced it. Whether it's anorexia, bulimia, or another type, eating disorders are a personal subject that can be hard to talk about with others, including close friends and family. However, simply acknowledging that you have an eating disorder is a huge step toward full recovery. Eating disorders only grow more dangerous the longer they go on, which is why it's crucial for your health that you recognize and treat this problem as soon as possible.

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Quotes About the Danger of Eating Disorders

Did you know that according to a recent study, more than 30 million people in the US suffer from an eating disorder? How about the fact that approximately 10 million of those people are men?

No matter who you are, it can be helpful to read quotes from others about the condition you're experiencing. It can help you feel less alone, as it can be comforting to know that someone else has gone through the same thing you're going through-even more so when they make it through.

The following are quotes on eating disorders that you or someone you know might be able to relate to:

  • "Do I want to die from the inside out or the outside in?" ?Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson is expressing that when we have an eating disorder, we are killing ourselves physically because of the harm we inflict on ourselves emotionally, and vise versa. To put it simply, an eating disorder slowly takes its toll in two ways at once.

  • "We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need." ?Mary Hornbacher

This is a beautiful and sad statement of wisdom. Hornbacher is saying that women admire super-skinny girls as ideals of what they should aspire to look like; the irony is that the women they aspire to emulate are misguided and in need of help. Many young women, especially, try to achieve an emaciated body type because they think that will make them more desirable and successful; yet the "models" they attempt to emulate are just as much in need as they are, if not more.

  • "I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame. I have an eating disorder." ?Jena Morrow

Morrow is describing the exact moment when you realize that something isn't right. Even if you try to deny it, feeling sorrow while simply trying to feed yourself should make it clear that you may have a problem.

  • "There are people who won't customarily eat an entire row of cookies, or hear food calling their name from other rooms, or who don't grind up food in the garbage disposal for fear of eating it, or get it back out of the garbage so they could eat it. Of course, my binge eating was just a cover-up for the larger issue: Trying to fill the emptiness." ?SARK

Binge eating is, unfortunately, a common response to something that is emotionally hurting us. We don't eat an entire box of cookies just because they taste good. We eat them because they comfort us by temporarily filling our emotional emptiness.


Eating Disorder Inspirational Quotes

It can be inspiring to read motivational quotes that apply to eating disorders. They can give us the strength we need to endure and the motivation we need to get back up every time we fall. Seeing how others have struggled with similar issues can also counter our fear of stigma.

  • "In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." ?Abraham Maslow

This is about leaving your comfort zone to experience true greatness. As Aerosmith so succinctly put it in their song "Get a Grip" from the album of the same name, "Because if you do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." In other words, you have to continue to do things that make you uncomfortable to break cycles of negativity.

  • "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." ?Buddha

This builds on the idea that if you don't love yourself, no one else can love you either. You have to be able to love yourself to help yourself. If you're already helping yourself, then you already love yourself, whether you believe it or not. We at BetterHelp believe this is a perfect point to start from.

  • "The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." ?Flora Whittemore

This is a rather simple quote among the others, yet it's quite powerful. Every morning when you wake up, you must consciously tell yourself you're going to keep up the good fight, and then try your absolute best to honor your promise.

  • "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" ?Mary Anne Radmacher

We expect fanfare when we're courageous, similar to what we see in the movies. However, the reality is often quite different. Unfortunately, there aren't any ticker-tape parades or spotlights on us when we do something courageous in real life.

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If we're lucky, the people we care about will support and be proud of us, and it's always important that we recognize what we've done and admire our own success. The voice in our head at the end of the day that encourages us to do the same thing again tomorrow means everything, especially on days that we struggle. That voice is what gives us the confidence to dust ourselves off and try again.

  • "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . Do the thing you think you cannot do." ?Eleanor Roosevelt

Tony Horton of P90X frequently tells his fans the same thing: "Every day, do something that you're afraid to do, but that won't kill you." It's very important to push yourself out of your comfort zone, because that is when you feel the most alive. Staying in the same situation forever leads to stagnation and misery. Doing the things that scare you keeps you on your toes and gives you the confidence to take on the world-even if that thing is simply becoming comfortable with your own body and what you put into it.

  • "Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future." ?Robert Schuller

If we focus strictly on the things that make us sad, we have little room left in our hearts for hope. If we focus on hope instead, then there's nothing we can't work toward and achieve.

  • "I am a work in progress." ?Violet Yates

None of us are ever "finished" in life. As the old phrase goes, there's always room for improvement. There's no sense in getting down on ourselves for something we don't like about ourselves because we always have the option to change it. If you have an eating disorder and it drives you crazy, understand that you can learn to overcome it. If it takes a while, that's fine-you're a work in progress after all. Don't be so hard on yourself.


  • "Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end." ?Carl Bard

So many of us get caught up in the things we could have done differently. Our misery manifests in different ways-including, for some of us, as eating disorders. However, every day that we wake up in the morning is a new chance to make better choices. It doesn't matter what we've done up to that point. All that matters is that we try to improve from this point forward. Once you've reached your end goal, the past, no matter how dark and painful, will be irrelevant to your present.

How BetterHelp Can Support You

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, we've got your back. Our licensed counselors at BetterHelp have the experience necessary to advise you on your course of action toward a healthier lifestyle. Eating disorders can be hard to talk about, which is why we provide completely discreet and anonymous counseling to get you the care and guidance you need. You may access our platform from the comfort and privacy of your own home, or wherever you have an Internet connection. Below are some reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people experiencing similar issues.

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"Jeni has helped me tremendously since I decided to start seeing a counselor. I'm so grateful to BetterHelp for matching me with her. Life is easier to deal with knowing that I have someone on my side to support me, who isn't judging me, but rather helping me grow in all ways possible. In such a short amount of time, she has changed my life for the better and I can't ever thank her enough."


Coping with an eating disorder can be a long and difficult process. Throughout your journey toward recovery, we encourage you to read the quotes above for strength and inspiration. You don't need to let food control your life. A truly fulfilling life is within reach-all you need are the right tools. Take the first step today.

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