Eating disorders are a leading cause of death when it comes to mental illnesses, only second to opioid overdose. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime. They can and do affect people of every age, body type, sexuality, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group, and with proper professional care and awareness, they are treatable. In this episode, we’re joined by a few guests, including Johanna Kandel, the founder of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. Together we talk about the varying types of eating disorders, the most common ways they present, and what treatment and recovery can look like.
“One of my favorite things to say is that you do not recover to utopia. You recover to life. Life is good, life is shitty, and everything in between. Recovery is the absolute hardest thing that I ever did. And it's painful, it's overwhelming, it makes you want to give up 25 million times during the day. You will trip and fall because it's not an abstinence-based recovery. But when you do trip and fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on moving. Because I'm not a unicorn, there are many of us out there that are completely living beyond their eating disorders. And you deserve to do that too.”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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