Eating disorders are hugely misunderstood, and there are many, many misconceptions that are best ignorant and at worst deadly.
I realise, as a white, intelligent, young female who has struggled with restrictive anorexia and subsequently been very underweight, that I have had far fewer barriers to treatment than the overwhelming majority of sufferers who do not tick any or all of these boxes. However, I do also know how it feels to be turned away from treatment and have my symptoms invalidated before I have reached crisis point, and I feel very strongly that we need to, as a society, change our perception about eating disorders.
In order to do this, I asked across my social media platforms what myths people want to see challenged, so that we could help to spread awareness and challenge these misconceptions.
Here are some of the answers you came up with:
Not everybody with…
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