What do you think eating disorders are generally about?
Food, right? But actually, eating disorders are not all about food. It’s a coping mechanism and it’s usually about control.
The biggest myth about eating disorders is that it’s a choice. People will say, “Can’t you just put food into your mouth, how hard can that be?” It’s not that easy. If it were, then the 70 million people suffering with eating disorders in the world would be recovered instantly. It’s what goes on in our minds that count. Eating disorders are not diets gone wrong. They have the highest mortality rate for any mental illnesses.
"Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, not lifestyle choices" - Demi Lovato
When people think of eating disorders, they picture emaciated, stick thin bodies. But that’s not always the case. You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder or not, by just looking at them. Many people look healthy yet they may be extremely ill and they may be struggling a lot.
"You don’t need to look like you have an eating disorder to have one."
We have to constantly remind ourselves that we are enough. We can’t compare our story to others. Everyone has their own story, and every story matters. There is no such thing as being “sick enough,” everyone’s experience is different. There isn’t a single story out there that isn’t important, because if it has affected you then it is very important and it is part of your story.
Keep on reminding yourself that you are enough, because we all are. Try repeating it to yourself even if you don’t believe it. Eventually you’ll start to realize that you are enough.
This blog is a platform to raise awareness for eating disorders. We'll be posting weekly on topics related to eating disorders. These are our personal opinions on eating disorders and a disclaimer that we're not therapists. We are just trying to shed light on eating disorders and express our opinions by sharing our experiences.