To an ambitious, driven and outgoing person, it might be a big absurdity to witness people entangling their lives in seemingly useless stuff that merely holds them down.
Unless you have someone with whom you have empathized for the eating disorders, these disorders are a perfect example ofthe sources of intrigue that a normal functioning person can have. Why would someone want to starve themselves to unhealthiness or experience the pain of barfing out the food that you have eaten a moment back just so that you can eat some more? Why would someone want to inflict such pain upon themselves when there are so many wonderful things to do in this world, so many different things to learn and so many milestones that can be achieved if one sets their mind to it?
Although you might not be able to understand what is going on in the lives of the people infected with these disorders, we can empathize at least a little bit when we realize that all of these disorders have their root in impulse control – bulimia nervosa more so.
When a person has something that causes the impulse, the cycle is all too easy. You see something – your favorite cake or a bar of chocolate – and feel the impulse of eating them. Over a period of time this habit is reinforced and you have no way that you can take control of yourself in the intermediate impulse.
The solutions to such a dramatic impulse control that certain people have come up with are absolutely hilarious. There is actually a Zip lock that latches on your face through some mechanical contraption and literally establishes a fence around the mouth so that you cannot eat anything. It is actually a good implementation of the fact that even if you have an impulse to eat something there’s nothing that you actually can do about it. Once you have the positive results that you want to get rid of the habit, over time this can actually build up confidence although some scientists will disagree and say that the original behavior will return after some time in times of stress.
If you look at it from this point of view, residential treatment for eating disorders are nothing but highly sophisticated fences which allow the reinforcement of positive behavior crucial for your sustainable change and do not allow you access to eat anything.
The amount of scientific research that has gone in has given the friends and families of people afflicted with such eating disorders a factual backing through which they can plead a case for medical insurance to cover the expenditure of residential treatments.