Over the years, I have had to face the fact that I was struggling with an eating disorder. It has been an incredibly difficult journey. I have spent countless hours trying to come to terms with my mental health struggles and body image issues.
At first, I thought it was just a passing phase in my life but, as time went by, things got worse. I would constantly fixate on food and what I should or shouldn’t be consuming. Counting calories, avoiding certain types of foods, preoccupying myself with weighing scales…these became part of my daily routine in an attempt to control my self-image issues.
As time went on, this struggle started affecting both my physical and mental health. It left me feeling exhausted from all the energy being focused on food rather than fueling positive and productive relationships with myself as well as those around me. Eventually, after seeking help from a healthcare professional, I received a diagnosis of icarly eating disorder (IED).
I can now understand why it is so important for people suffering from this issue to know that they are not alone in their struggle and that there are resources available to seek out help. Having support from family, friends, or healthcare volunteers can make a huge difference in helping individuals become healthier versions of themselves!