Anorexia and Me

For those of you who don’t know what Anorexia Nervosa is, it is when someone actively tries to lose more weight or maintains a current weight under what is considered healthy for their age and height. I’m Haley and I struggled with Anorexia for roughly five years. Anorexia is dangerous because you can have it and have absolutely no idea that you suffer from it. Many people will refer to anorexia as “Ana” online. Anorexia can make you loose your period in women, it can slow down your growth physically, and most importantly it can make you lose yourself. Many times when someone has an eating disorder they will not recognize who they see in the mirror, all they will see is the weight or what they are most self-conscious about. Personally when I struggled I focused on my weight and toning my body the most. Anorexia still affects my mental health to this day and I have been in recovery for 2 full years now. When you suffer from anorexia you can have sever anxiety, depression, and even bipolar disorder. Generally when someone suffers from an eating disorder they choose baggy over tight fitting clothes, they will be more inclined to hide food rather than eat, and they will choose to avoid eating in front of people at all costs. The main reason I am so open about my struggles with anorexia nervosa is because I want to end the stigma associated with it. Anorexia isn’t taboo, it is a real struggle that every day people face and have lost their life too. Life after an eating disorder is very possible even though it may not seem it at the time. When talking to someone who you think has an eating disorder don’t push them, let them talk to you about what bothers them. Don’t call them out for counting calories or not wanting dressing on their salad. The best way to recovery is through a friend who listens and is willing to walk you through the process step by step. I would love to hear from any of you who need someone to talk too about eating disorders or want to hear my personal recovery story.

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