Eating Disorder Awareness Week: February 1-7

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

No food guilt

I am someone who struggled with bulimia for 6 years and binge eating disorder for many years before that. I have a very complex relationship with food and spent most of my teenage years sneaking as much of it as I could and my early adult years restricting it to the point where I had managed to narrow down four kinds of food that I had the “right” to not purge. I have done damage to my physical and mental health and it has taken me years to get to a point where I can eat a cookie and not think about where the closest place is that I can purge it before the first bite even touches my lips.

So January is always really hard.

It feels like a given that I will inevitably hear at least three or four people daily talk about their weight loss goals or their new diet plan. Social media is rife with people discussing and posting pictures about getting rid of the “holiday bulge”. I can’t count the number of ads that show up on my Facebook that advertise more wholesome eating and better health but at the end of the day are basically just fad diets hiding behind a façade of wellness.

And I’m sick of it.

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