Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023
February 27—March 5 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023. I was personally affected by an eating disorder and as a result, experienced devastating repercussions in all areas of my life —including almost losing it. With tremendous effort, perseverance, patience and support, I was able to recover and overcome my illness.
I feel fortunate to now be able to illuminate the grim realities of such a misunderstood disease. Eating disorders are highly complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that are influenced by many different elements including biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Despite common stigmas and media portrayals, eating disorders are not about food or weight; and you cannot tell who has an eating disorder based on appearance.
The process of recovery is unique to each individual and there are many resources and treatment options available to facilitate healing. It may not be easy to ask for help, but it is always courageous and with eating disorders, it can save your life. Many years ago, I felt alone in my struggle and didn’t see a way out of my self-imprisonment. I also didn’t realize that making the choice to recover would be the key to unlocking the freedom I sought. Where there is hope, there is possibility, and together they can change your life. ~Britt💜
Click here for a comprehensive list of eating disorder resources