I am not my eating disorder: Megan S's story
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Having an eating disorder is like swimming in a lake full of clay. Being in the freezing cold, feeling like there is no way of swimming against the tide or escaping from its evil grasp. Having an eating disorder is not a choice, it is not about weight, or food. This is something that is really surprising to individuals who have no experience of an eating disorder. There is no category of person who are excluded from the possibility of this horrendous illness - Caucasian, Hispanic, straight, overweight, underweight; eating disorders do not discriminate, and they come in many forms; anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders, previously known as EDNOS). I originally had a diagnosis of anorexia aged 17, being underweight, severely restricting my eating, and over-exercising. This was a lonely, miserable existence, where genuinely the most important thing in my day was making sure I didn’t exceed over X amount of calories. I wasn’t functioning, my periods had stopped, I was freezing constantly, had no social life because I couldn’t bear to be in any situation which involved food. I lied, cheated, and stole anything to guarantee that my eating disorder was safe.
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