Here is the article I wrote about eating disorders and got published on a popular Icelandic website:
People tendto forget that eating disorders are mental illnesses and not some diet “gone
wrong”. Eating disorders only come in one size: misery. It does not matter if
the one suffering weighs 20, 60, 90 or 130 kg. The eating disorder is fatal no
matter if the person is underweight, at a healthy weight or overweight.
is only one of many symptoms:
look at a person and see that he/she suffers from an eating disorder. Yes, it
might be easier to realize that the person is suffering if he/she is extremely
underweight, but as I said: it is only one of many symptoms.
disorders do not revolve around getting a waistline like Elsa in Frozen.
struggle can’t just “quit” and begin eating normally again like nothing
happened. It does not work that way. It can take years to recover, and by that
I don’t only mean physically, but mentally.
get rid of the devil sitting on their shoulder, whispering day in and day out
that they are fat, ugly, not pretty enough, thin enough, good enough and
generally just not enough. Many have to battle it every day for the rest of
many types of eating disorders. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating disorder,
EDNOS/OSFED, Anorexia Athletica and in the health obsession the recent years,
another type joined the circus: Orthorexia. All of those are life-threatening
illnesses, no matter if you have a diagnosis or not. The mortality rates are excessively
high. Around 13% of those suffering die of heart complications, organ failures,
malnutrition or suicide. 1 in 5 suffering from Anorexia die (not only
those who are extremely underweight) but only 1 in 10 receive treatment.
disorders are not diets. They are not consequences of own decisions. They are
life threatening, fatal, mental illnesses. People cannot forget that even if
you can’t see any physical symptoms, doesn’t mean that the illness isn’t
serious and the one suffering needs help.
to 1. March is NEDA week (national eating disorder awareness week) in the US.
They’re goal is to open up a discussion, make people aware and educate them in
what eating disorders really are.
We should do the same in the rest of the world. It could save lifes.