Personal Story: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week draws to a close, I wanted to write a brief post to spotlight this important topic. In case you’re a new reader, eating disorders are very close to my heart! I’m not shy about the fact that I struggled for a few years with anorexia back in my late high school/early college years. Thanks to amazing family support, a great psychologist and some determination (believe me, it was not all straight uphill once I hit “bottom” but hard work pays off!), I was able to reach a comfortable and healthy set point…Little did I know this experience would launch my wellness-minded career—since then, I knew I wanted to help others lead healthy lives that didn’t go off either deep end.

To learn more about the basics of all types of eating disorders, check out this primer from the National Eating Disorders Association.

And click on over to the Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy show and WHO-TV if you’d like more information about my eating disorder struggle—I shared more of my story with both.

Of course, if you have any questions for me (I’m no expert, but can share my opinions and experience), hit me up in the comments or shoot me an email! Eating disorders can be so scary and isolating. I think the most important thing I learned through mine is that it’s OK to ask for help, and it certainly doesn’t make you weak if you do so!

Food for thought: A new, small survey is reporting that more time on Facebook may be linked to higher rates of eating disorders in teenage girls. Do you think the researchers are stretching to connect the media outlet with the affliction or do you believe there may be some truth to the findings?

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