This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in the US. Although I am not from the US, this is a topic that is close to my heart with going through an eating disorder and disordered eating myself. This means that even though I am British, I want to help raise awareness this week. I am very driven to help others recover and gain a healthy relationship to food, their bodies and themselves. This passion means that part of my work is to spread awareness of eating disorders and disordered eating.
Eating disorders are serious. They are complex mental illnesses that require professional help, care and attention from a full treatment team.
What I want to reiterate to you today is that YOU CAN RECOVER. You absolutely can heal from this menace of an illness. With hard work and dedication you can recover. It is not an easy path, but it is a path that is so incredibly worth it.
Because you are so, so worthy of recovery. You don’t have to wait until you are “sick enough”. You don’t have to be a certain weight before you need to get help. You are worthy of being happy and healthy. You are worthy of being free.
Eating Disorders come in all different shapes, sizes, sexes, ages, races and people. They are not exclusive to teenage white females. They are a MENTAL illness, which means that a person can look completely healthy on the outside or be a larger size and still be suffering terribly from an eating disorder. Although weight can be a symptom of a type of eating disorder, it is not for all types and it is not the only determinant of an eating disorder.
I have been all different sizes when suffering from an eating disorder or disordered eating. Please do not let your body size stop you from getting the help you need. Please don’t let the ED tell you that you don’t deserve to get help. YOU ABSOLUTELY DO.
You deserve a life of freedom. You deserve a life of feeling free around food. You deserve to have a life full of love, happiness and fun. You deserve a life of food peace, body peace and self peace. You deserve to be healthy and happy.
And you don’t have to have a full blown eating disorder to get help. If you are preoccupied with food, your body or you have lots of negative thoughts about your body and food, you deserve to get help. If you have food fears and worry about what you eat, you deserve to get help. If you are obsessed with your body or with what you eat, you deserve to get help. If you are terrified about eating something “non textbook healthy”, you deserve to get help. If you are a chronic dieter, you deserve to get help.
Just because you may not have a full blown eating disorder, does not mean you should not get help. Disordered eating and chronic dieting is harmful and you can absolutely recover from this and you deserve help and healing.
If you need help, do not hesitate to take the first step. You deserve it. You deserve to be free.
For more help please book in to see your Doctor or GP who can refer you for further treatment.
Also take a look at these important websites where there is important information and helplines available:
USA – NEDA
UK – BEAT
AUSTRALIA – Butterfly Foundation
There are some amazing people in the eating disorder recovery community doing incredible work. Be sure to check out their sites for some recovery inspiration;
It is my hope and passion to help people recover from eating disorders, disordered eating and unhealthy relationships to food and their bodies. I hope that in my future work I can help people have a healthy relationship to food, their bodies and themselves and live a life free and let their light shine.
I have been offered a place on a Masters course back in the UK starting September, that will increase my nutritional training and learn how to treat and help people heal with eating disorders and disordered eating. With this further training, I will be able to really help people gain a healthy relationship to food and their bodies. I will reveal all soon 🙂
Now, I will say it all again…
Recovery is possible. You are worthy of recovery. You are worthy of living a full life.
Sending you all lots of love,