The Truth about Bloating in Recovery

If you love someone who struggles with an eating disorder, perhaps this blog will lend some insight into their thinking.


Alright, truth time.

There’s an elephant in the room, and it has to do with refeeding in recovery. And that, my friends, is bloating.


This is an uncomfortable topic to talk about, because it has to do with body image. During recovery, we’re working on accepting our new body and learning to love it. We’re overcoming body dysmorphia, and #realtalk: we’re working on weight restoration.

Frankly, bloating makes progress in those departments rather difficult.

My biggest fear during weight restoration was that I was going to wake up one morning and just be massive. I was afraid that my body would just balloon out of control. There was so much anxiety about that allusive “weight range.”  I journaled about it a lot:

I am nervous and weary of how my body will be at the end of my stay [at inpatient]. I am scared that if it changes to a point beyond…

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2 thoughts on “The Truth about Bloating in Recovery

  1. I look in the mirror only to divert my eyes wishing this body was anywhere but here, inwardly begging God for a break through I no longer want to be the elephant in the room. I feel anxiety, overwhelm, frustrated. My mind is screaming. I can’t hide so l put on my mask pull out this lil piece of confident I keep in my secret draw to face the world because I wish someone would step to me side ways about my weight. When I step into the world I bring a herd of elephants. The STRUGGLE!!!!

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    • What a poignant response. Thank you for your vulnerability here as you share a piece of your personal journey with us. This touched me deeply. I hold on to this promise for you, for me, and for others who struggle with “elephants” on a daily basis. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Love your heart, sister. Love what Jesus is doing there.


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