To mark World Eating Disorders Day 2018, the NEDIC Blog is sharing five blogs from members of the World Eating Disorder Day community. These blogs represent diverse perspectives and a variety of viewpoints. On World Eating Disorders Day and beyond, NEDIC believes that dismantling stigma is vital.
A few years ago, I started to reconsider whether telling my personal story of recovery is productive to the effort to reduce the social stigma and shame that has been problematically linked to eating disorders.
Organizations across Canada worked tremendously hard and achieved incredible awareness and recognition for EDAW!
TRIGGER WARNING: the following material may be triggering for some individuals - please read with caution.
Eating Disorders Aren’t Usually Visible—Looking Beyond Body Weight
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Ten years ago I began to see signs in a different language–signs that I ignored. However, even though I disregarded them, they persisted in ever growing intensity. Was I a traveler exploring this vast world of ours? No. I was just a mom who held down a part time job while homeschooling my two daughters full time. So, what were these foreign signs? They were the signs of my youngest daughter’s journey down the rabbit hole we call eating disorders.
Trigger Warning: the following materials may be triggering for some individuals - please read with caution.
How do you make someone else understand exactly what it’s like to hate yourself? They usually just don’t get it and the conversation ends up as something like this:
“There must be something about yourself that you love.. Or at least like”
“I mean, I get good grades, so I guess I’m not a complete idiot”
Surviving the holidays when you have an eating disorder is not always easy. If you are like many of my clients you are not looking forward to the holiday parties, events, dinners, and plans.
For most, this is overwhelming because you know there will be food involved and fear is what causes you anxiety. You are worried: