Sunday, 1 March 2020

Thoughts About National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

I hold my body with higher esteem than your opinion

Poem by @l.e.bowman.poetry (used with permission)         Photo by: Lindley Ashline @BodyLiberationWithLindley

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is drawing to a close. As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, and who is currently an official ambassador for NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association,) this is an important week to me.

I’m glad that NEDA is working to correct the eating disorders community’s long history of excluding those who are thin, white, cis, het younger women and I’m proud to be part of that work (especially considering the fact that fatphobic fuckery is still very much a part of the ed community.) 

This week I was honored to be included in pieces from a couple of media outlets:

I was one of the people who shared my story with Patia Braithwaite at Self Magazine for an article called Important Reminder: Anyone Can Have an Eating Disorder (Quick clarification on this one – while I may have received a diagnosis of “atypical anorexia nervosa” today, my actual diagnosis at the time was EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) 

I also wrote a piece for The Mighty called We Need to End Fatphobia in Eating Disorder Awareness and Recovery because we really, really do.

Everyone who is dealing with disordered eating and eating disorders deserves support, and the eating disorders community needs to fix its exclusion problems and it needs to fix them yesterday.  If you are looking for support – from a screening tool, to a free helpline, to help with treatment options and more, here is a good place to start.

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