It’s Not What You Think

Now, I am incredibly aware that when most people hear the words eating disorder, they picture an emaciated, malnourished looking female, they think about that film For the Love of Nancy, staring Tracy Gold, that actress from Growing Pains, but this is not exactly the case for all individuals with eating disorders, yes, many fit this mold, but many do not. In other words, most family members, friends,  boyfriends, doctors, and even the individual with the eating disorder are not aware of their disorder, because they may not fit this “preconceived notion” of what an eating disorder “should look” like. Therefore, I ask you to relearn what an eating disorder really is, it looks different for everyone, it may even feel different for everyone, but no matter what, it is common, and so incredibly real. It can be difficult, but I also ask you to avoid shamming individuals who may look “sick”, because again, someone may look “sick,” but that may be their healthy, and some may look “healthy” but that may be their “sick”….The amount of times you may tell someone how “healthy,” and “fit” they look, the more they may continue to justify their unhealthy behaviors.

I  know of  so many individuals that other’s view as “too skinny” or “emaciated” yet those individuals were and are within successful recovery and doing their best to be their healthiest self. So lets take away the shame, and the focus on outward appearances, and truly understand what eating disorder recovery means.

Eating disorders look, and feel different for everyone, this is something that must be recognized, recovery looks and feels different for everyone as well! Therefore, as you continue on through your life, I ask you to bring some awareness to this issue and understand the different, and many faces of Eating Disorder Recovery, because most likely it’s not what you think.

10 thoughts on “It’s Not What You Think

    1. Trudi,

      Thank you so much! I would not have been where I am today without your amazing son! He is my strength in all of this!

  1. I’m a recovering bulimic. I’m almost 55 years old
    Your story is beautifully written and extremely relatable I barely knew you as a young girl through a classmate of yours. I’m so very proud to know you now. Just by writing your truth you give people hiding w secrets hope.

    1. Wow! I am so very proud of you for reaching this point within your recovery that you can share a bit of your story…! Way to go! Also, I appreciate your kind words and support, as this is what recovery is all about right?

  2. Good on you for diving headfirst into your own recovery and helping others. I have a dear friend , Dr Ken Willis who specializes in eating disorder recovery, you should connect with him.

    1. Larry,

      So great to hear from you… and my condolences to you and your family during this awful time! Thank you for your kind words and connection.

      Sending Love,
      Jayne

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