A client in recovery wishes you knew:
Bodies really do come in all shapes and sizes, and we don’t teach kids that it’s OK to follow your own genetic blueprint. For me, eating disorder recovery means accepting that plus-sized is my body’s healthy setting.
Another client in recovery wishes you knew:
Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and no two are the same. People are not bad b/c they struggle with an eating disorder, they are not disabled, they are not any less successful than those who do not, in many cases the individuals are stronger and deeper because they have to reach out and embrace the disease, the challenge and the recovery. The experience is individual, the journey a life long process. Engaging and trusting a group of people to be your “village” is imperative to a road to successful recovery.
Christy Harrison wishes you knew:
I wish people knew that eating disorders come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and ethnicities. These disorders are a lot more common than people recognize. You don’t have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder—in fact, many people who suffer from eating disorders look like what society considers to be “normal” or “healthy.”
No matter what you look like on the outside, you deserve to be properly nourished so that you can pursue the important things in life: relationships, meaningful work, community, connection, joy. Life is about so much more than food and weight, and no one should be stuck thinking about those things all the time!
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN
Nutrition therapist, journalist, and podcaster helping people develop healthy relationships to food