21 Inspiring Binge Eating Disorder Quotes To Give You Strength

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Recovering from binge eating disorder is not linear. If you're having a low moment, read these inspirational 21 binge eating disorder quotes.

Recovering from binge eating disorder is not linear. And in the low moments we need something to hold on to and give us hope.

I’m Dr Jenny Davis, a clinical psychologist specialising in eating disorder recovery. I’ve complied a list of my favourite binge eating disorder quotes to lift you up and inspire your recovery journey.  

Some of these quotes are from people who have recovered from an eating disorder. Some are celebrities and writers. And some are from inspirational figures outside of the world of eating disorders.  

Binge eating disorder quotes

Quotes about the binge-eating recovery process

Binge eating disorder recovery is full of ups and downs. These quotes centre around the process of change.

1. ” Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay is an American author and producer who has survived sexual assault and overcome mental health difficulties including anxiety and depression.

2. “Be gentle with yourself. You are doing the best you can” – Unknown.

Mary Anne Radmacher binge eating disorder quote

3. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer and artist and writes on living a fulfilling life.

4. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of near-death studies and wrote the 5 stage model of grief.   

Biology of binge-eating recovery Quotes

Our bodies are biological organisms evolved to protect us from famine. Our bodies need food in order to stop bingeing.

Tabitha Farrar eating disorder recovery quote

5. “You can’t fight your biology and win. Your body’s only agenda is health”, Tabitha Farrar

Tabitha Farrar is an eating disorder recovery coach and author. She developed anorexia when she was 17 and started recovery when she was 25. Tabitha has written several books about eating disorder recovery and is a firm believer in a biological approach to recovery and abandoning any method to artificially suppress body weight.

6. “During the worst stages of my eating disorder, I was all-or-none with food—either bingeing or not eating. Much of my experience was, in fact, that if I ate anything, I would eat everything. I began to understand that this happened because I was starving myself” – Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer is a motivational speaker who speaks about eating disorders and PTSD. She has recovered from her own eating disorder and has written several books on the topic.

Self-acceptance binge eating disorder quotes

Doubting yourself comes up for almost everyone in binge-eating disorder recovery. One of the most powerful steps is to make the decision to treat yourself with kindness and accept the whole of yourself.

7. “I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.” –  Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

Laura Halse Anderson is a bestselling author of novels for children and young adults and has recovered from disordered eating.  

Brene Brown recovery quote

8. “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown

Brene Brown is a renowned author, professor and social worker who writes and speaks extensively about mental health. She focusses on shame, self-compassion and courage.

Eating is not a moral issue quotes

Despite what diet culture may have told us, eating is not a moral issue. Food is food, your body is your body.

9. “Having a healthy relationship with food means you are not morally superior or inferior based on your eating choices.” ― Evelyn Tribole, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works

Evelyn Tribole is a dietitian and award winning author of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works and eight other books.

10. “Eating is not a crime. It’s not a moral issue. It’s normal. It’s enjoyable. It just is.” – Carrie Arnold

Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer and author from Virginia and has written several books about eating disorders. She is also in recovery from anorexia.

11. “You have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!'” — Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is an American singer and actress.

Don’t give up, inspirational quotes to read after a binge

After a binge it can be extremely hard to stand up again and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Read these quotes to inspire you to keep pushing forward. You will get there!

12. “Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don’t give in and don’t give up.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a singer, poet, memorist and civil rights activitist.

13. “Recovery is a verb, not a noun. You have to be an active participant in order to continuously improve” – Brittany Burgunder

14. “Recovery is full of ups and downs. There is no such thing as a linear life. But you can always turn your setbacks into setups to come back stronger.” ― Brittany Burgunder

Brittany Burgunder is a life coach in the US with lived experience of an eating disorder. She has struggled both with bingeing and restrictive eating and now coaches other people to help them move towards recovery.

Jennie Schaefer eating disorder recovery quote

15. “When we feel like giving up, like we are beyond help, we must remember that we are never beyond hope.” – Jenni Schaefer

16. ” No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it.” – Les Brown

Les Brown is a motivational speaker and politician who was a Democrat member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981.

17. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is the renowned social rights activist, winner of novel peace prize and president of South Africa from 1994-1999.

18. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is a Canadian-American motivational speaker and author focussing on self-development.

Quotes about Rejecting diet culture

Western culture is steeped in stories about how our bodies should look, and why we should try to change them. Rejecting diet culture is a key part of recovering from binge-eating disorder. Your body is not a problem to be shrunk.  

Melissa McCarthy eating disorder quote

19. “My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content. And sometimes other priorities win.” — Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is an American actress and producer who also speaks about self-acceptance and body positivity.

20. “Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.” Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an American Actress who has recently spoken out on body acceptance and rejecting diet culture.

21. “But if you have enough weight on you to have an ass, your stomach isn’t flat enough. It’s all just f—ing impossible” – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a singer songwriter who has opened up about her struggle with anorexia and process towards recovery.

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Welcome. I'm Dr Jenny Davis, a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in eating disorders. I'm passionate about helping people recover and build a healthy relationship with food. 

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