Some people who have had eating disorders may experience long-term health issues, depending on the type, duration and physical symptoms of their condition. These health problems can be related to fertility, bone density, (osteoporosis), weakened heart muscles, damage to the digestive tract (primarily brought on by laxative misuse), and damage to other organs. It is important to find an eating disorders treatment center as soon as possible to combat these problems and get your life back on track.

With time and treatment some of these ailments can be cured, but others can only be managed. If you have health-related issued stemming from an eating disorder, you should talk to your doctor so that you can determine exactly what the problems are and what can be done to fix them.

In some cases, people will be able to stop the behaviors that led to their eating disorders, and yet they continue to experience health problems such as depression, anxiety, social phobias, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

You may ask yourself how its possible to work so hard to conquer your eating disorder only to get other health problems in its place. Fortunately, it's not an absolute that a person who has had an eating disorder will later have health problems, or that if you do have troubles, they will be as difficult to handle as your eating disorder was.

It's often the case that the post-eating disorders that emerge turn out to be underlying issues of the original problem. The behavior associated with an eating disorder can crop up as a way to deal with a mental health issue. Once you eliminate the behavior, the troubling issues lose their outlet.

If any of these problems occur during your recovery, they must be handled, too. If you are struggling with body image issues, visit an art gallery and look carefully at the human form in paintings. You will see that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

The steps you take along your journey to recovery can range from gigantic to quite small, but everything you do pushes you closer to your goal. It's also helpful to find mutual support, which can be especially motivating. You may be uniquely inspired by someone else's progress or joy in life. Eating disorder treatment centers around the country offer many support group options for those who have an eating disorder and are pursuing a path to recovery. There are also groups for the family members, friends and caregivers of people with eating disorders. In a support group you can share your life experiences, and develop and share positive behaviors and life strategies in a supportive, caring environment.