Hi everybody! It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week!
So lets have an important conversation about a Eating disorders, which affects at least 30 million people in the United States. Yeah, 30 million men, women, boys, and girls. You don’t have to look or act a certain way to have an eating disorder, you don’t have to be a teenager, a girl, or look “sick”. Many people suffer silently with eating disorders; and I’m not just talking about anorexia and bulimia. Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Night-Eating Syndrome, Diabulimia, Orthorexia, Purging Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), PICA, Eating Disorders Not otherwise specified (EDNOS), and Rumination Disorder are some of the types of eating disorders. And they’re all serious. Every 62 minutes someone with an eating disorder dies, that’s one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, and ANYONE with an eating disorder can die.
But, help is out there. And people just like you get better. Every day, people chose life, and begin their lifelong journey to recovery. Some days are hard, and some are great. But recovery is always worth it.
When I found out I was pregnant, I began my journey to recovery. Some days its a fight, but I know that I will never let my daughter see or hear me be hateful towards my body or anybody elses.
Thank you so much for sharing this Eliza. This is very informative, especially because many people just think there are only a few types of eating disorders out there and that they are somehow immune to being affected. I am glad I was able to gain some new information so I can pass it along, as well as to be able to keep for myself. I also commend you on your journey of recovery and wish you nothing but the best!
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