So what is an eating disorder? We are going to talk about eating disorders right here and now. Frankly, we don’t talk about them enough. Having overcame a life-threatening eating disorder myself, the subject is near and dear to my heart. As a matter of fact, my heart was the main organ that suffered while I had my eating disorder, literally and figuratively.

When I say that my heart suffered figuratively, I mean it wasn’t full. I don’t remember many personal relationships the year my eating disorder got severe. My mind was preoccupied with obsessive thoughts surrounding food and body image. Though unaware, I was numbing my feelings and avoiding reality by controlling what I ate, not to mention endlessly tallying up the day’s calories in my head. Looking back, it makes sense I aced math classes.

eating disorders awareness Eating disorders are a progressive disease that get worse if left untreated. That is why it’s so important to talk about eating disorders without the stigma. Like many of you, I wasn’t familiar with the term eating disorder until I was diagnosed. “Anorexic” and “Bulimic” have been loosely thrown around for years in my circles, but I never fully understood the meaning of each word. Well, I found out firsthand what each of those words truly mean and now I feel it’s important to share what I have learned and experienced with you.

Why?

So you or your loved one doesn’t get to the point where your heart is beating just 39 beats per minute and you forget who you are.

39 beats per minute-that is how my heart literally suffered.

Today, my heart is full of love and beating at a healthy rate. I haven’t obsessively counted calories in over a decade and I enjoy the foods that I eat. I exercise when I feel like it, not because I have to and I don’t place value on myself or others based on appearance. I want to stress that I didn’t get healthy alone. I got professional support and it took years for me to fully recover from my eating disorder. I’m still in therapy today. I like to think of it as an insurance policy for my mental health. 

If you want to hear a my story, I will tell you one on one or am happy to share with a group.  Drop me a line here with the details. Please do it. Do it for you or those that suffer in silence. 

If you think you or someone you know may have distorted eating and body image, help is available. ANAD is a national non-profit, for which I volunteer. Their mission is to create awareness on eating disorders of all types and is a great place to start. Click here to read real stories of people that recovered from an eating disorder. 

Do you have any experience with eating disorders or poor body image and self-esteem?

 

 

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