This year, the theme of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week was “Come As You Are.”
The emphasis was on inclusivity, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled about that. The media’s portrayal of eating disorders is often disappointingly narrow: it paints the picture that only affluent, thin, white, able-bodied, cis women are affected by this disease. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While there are certainly plenty of folks who fit the description above that suffer from eating disorders or disordered eating, there are countless others who fall somewhere else on the spectrum of identity.
Below is a round-up of my posts from NEDA Week 2019, each talking about a different element of identity as it relates to eating disorders and mental health. The biggest message I hope to convey is that you are worthy of recovery, no matter who you are. You do not need to be “sick enough,” you do not need to look a certain way, you do not need to fit a certain picture of what an eating disorder “looks like.” Nothing should stand in the way of your pursuit of happiness, health, and freedom.