Eating disorders suck. Anorexia and bulimia are not fits of vanity. They are not just a phase. It is a true mental illness that causes serious physical harm and psychological suffering. Want some proof? Here’s the statistics:
Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.
About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder
If you are reading this because you have an eating disorder or struggle with disordered eating, I’m praying for you. Unfortunately, eating disorders aren’t rare. It is a quiet epidemic. Because there is so much shame surrounding eating disorders, it is easy to feel alone. You are not alone. Get angry! You don’t deserve this. Fight these demons! You can win.
If you are reading this because you have a friend or a relative with an eating disorder or you’re just curious, welcome. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. I wouldn’t understand someone’s fear of grass or water. It seems totally foreign and slightly ridiculous to me, and I’m sure you have felt the same way about the fear of eating. I commend you for trying to understand what it’s like for us with eating disorders. Here are some links on how to help: