Note: This post was originally posted on beekindtoyou and has been cross-posted with permission.
One problem with the way many people view eating disorders is that they stereotype them. People will, for example, just assume because someone is a healthy weight they don’t have an eating disorder at all, or because they look very slim they must be anorexic. This is definitely NOT the case.
I’ve seen a wonderful quote which says, “Eating Disorders come in one size- miserable” and this is one of the truest and most applicable quotes I have seen. After all, they are a mental illness.
I find it awful when people’s care is limited due to their weight being in the correct range. I know from experience that I’ve been in a much worse state of mind when I was at a healthy weight! No matter what eating disorder(s) you have, they are all worthy and you should never be denied of treatment.
It’s difficult sometimes to get the right care with people who don’t seem to understand your eating disorder, but try and talk openly to your family or people who you trust and tell them that the support you are receiving (or not receiving) just isn’t working for you.
At the end of the day, all eating disorders are deadly and no one deserves to be trapped in the depths of it forever.