Eating Disorders: A “Relatable” Mental Illness

People sometimes think they understand eating disorders because they can “relate.” They can relate to feeling unattractive, or not liking their body, or wanting to meet societal beauty standards. They too have skipped a meal, or forced themselves to exercise, or haven’t liked what they see in the mirror. And that’s what an eating disorder is, right?

Thinking the above keeps people from seeing what an eating disorder actually is: a severe and life-threatening mental illness.

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