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Narcissistic Abuse Related Weight Issues and Eating Disorders

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

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Weight Issues and Eating Disorders Related to Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic Abuse Awareness and Guidance with Randi Fine

From the book Close Encounters of the Worst Kind Second Edition: The Narcissistic Abuse Survivor's Comprehensive Guide to Healing and Recovery © 2022

I have been asked by many to include a chapter explaining the relationship between narcissistic abuse and weight/eating-related disorders. I invested some time researching the topic so I could address those concerns. These types of disorders are complex, but I will do my best to give you some answers.

Many theories underlying the causes of these food related disorders exist, though there doesn’t seem to be one explanation that applies in every case. Most experts do agree that low self-esteem and feelings of helplessness are common denominators. Little has been written correlating weight/eating related disorders directly with narcissistic abuse, but the low self-esteem/feeling of helplessness connection seems fitting.