An eating disorder (ED) is an illness or compulsion in which the sufferer uses food as a mechanism for
The mechanism itself is powered by a variety of underlying psychological issues, none more prevalent or insidious than low self-esteem.
In fact, low self-esteem holds a principle place in the development and function of virtually every eating disorder. Consider that when a person exhibits eating disorders, they are effectively expressing that psychologically catastrophic self-perception throughout their body, wreaking profound physical, mental, and psychological havoc on themselves. A confident athlete will go to the gym and augment his high self-perception by trying to get into even better shape; a bulimic will incorrectly assume ownership of someone else's mistake, fail to remedy it, berate himself as worthless and inadequate, and physically punish himself by purging.