The thing about being young and having an eating disorder is you experience the honeymoon period. You don’t yet know what it’s like to have one while simultaneously dealing with a mortgage or a spouse. And it almost seems like a harmless thing, because at 15, you picture your life at 18 or 21 or 25 or 30 without the obsession with food or weight. You do it because why would you imagine your future with an eating disorder? It doesn’t make sense.
So you go on assuming the eating disorder will be gone by the time you get to those places in your life, but what you don’t realize is that unless you treat it, it will follow you as long as you let it.
You don’t see Lifetime movies about the adult anorexics and bulimics because nobody wants to admit these things stick with you — not the teens who have dreams of going to college and becoming something important, not the adults who still struggle and have to hide it because of the shame.
So listen up all you young people with eating disorders — don’t kid yourselves into thinking your eating disorder will just end. Get help sooner rather than later, because later may never afford you the same opportunities.
Hi all followers.
I am totally fed up with the complete lack of understanding about eating disorders, the secrecy, guilt, stigma and shame surrounding them, the woeful lack of provision. I am fed up of reading things in the media that are wrong. I am fed up of people not listening to our needs and rights.
Throughout history there have been many marginalised groups; people with mental health problems being one of them. They all banded together and formed activist groups and fought for recognition and their rights.
Through activism, campaigning and developing their own voice- they changed things.
I am really interested in setting up an eating disorder activist group in the UK to advocate what we stand for, and get our message across.
Too often are our thoughts articulated by professionals or charities, and they do not speak for ME. Enough is enough. I want to create a group which speaks for US.
If you agree please reblog, and if you would be interested in helping me set this up, please get in touch.