Recovery is much more than the abandonment of starving and stuffing.
At minimum it includes the following:
The Goal of Recovery: a Healthy, Authentic Human Being
People often begin an eating disorder by dieting, thinking that if they lose weight, they will become self-confident and feel better about themselves. But it doesn't work that way. Becoming a worthy person takes a lot of hard work, including building a history of meaningful achievements and successful problem solving. Becoming authentic is never achieved by taking unhealthy shortcuts that lead to poor health, ruined relationships, depression, obsession, anxiety, guilt, and self-loathing.
Authentic human beings may be attractive -- there is no law that says they have to be ugly, but physical attributes are their least important qualities. Authentic human beings make a lasting impact, quietly or dramatically, on people they meet. They have personal presence. They are solid, intelligent, humorous, sexy and full of life. They are reliable, strong, confident and competent. They are respected, and they respect themselves. This is the goal of treatment – not just to eat normally, important as that is, but also to develop into a person of worth and substance.