This letter building tool is intended for people who identify as having an eating disorder and want to get better. The purpose is to help point out the impacts of the eating disorder on your life, and to help pull out some of your strengths and to reflect on what keeps you going.

Some questions might be hard to answer, and that's okay. It might help to have support from someone in your life, like a caring adult or a counsellor, as you go through the letter. It's okay if you only get partway through – it might take more than one sitting to complete the whole thing.

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1. In the beginning, the eating disorder made sense because it...
(list some of the things the eating disorder initially gave you, such as feelings of accomplishment, control, etc.)

now it doesn't make sense because...

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2. Deep down, the eating disorder makes me feel...


and takes away my...

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3. Physically, the eating disorder makes me feel...
(tired, light-headed, gives me stomach aches)

4. Socially, living with an eating disorder means I can't enjoy…
(eating with my friends, spending time with others)

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5. What would you like to say to the eating disorder?

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6. When I think about my answer to the last question, it makes me feel...

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7. I know I can get through this experience because...
(List some of your strengths that will help you to beat the eating disorder. If you have trouble thinking of your own strengths, ask someone you're close to what strengths they have noticed in you.)

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8. Two people who will support me are...
and .

9. The ways they can support me are...
(What can they do that would be helpful for you? If you haven't already,
it might be helpful to let them know how they can best support you!)

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10. Two ways I will take care of myself are...
(invite a friend to a movie, spend time in nature, talk about my feelings with someone I trust, accept a compliment, do yoga, ask for help when I need it, express myself through art, write a poem)
and

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11. What do you look forward to doing without the eating disorder?
("I've always wanted to...", "My hopes and dreams are...")

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Write a letter to the eating disorder

Remind yourself why you want the eating disorder out of your life.


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You might want to post it somewhere you will see it regularly to remind yourself to keep fighting.

Write a letter to the eating disorder

Write a letter to the eating disorder