If you've been following my blog for awhile, you've most likely heard me mention my story regarding my binge eating disorder.
Admitting that I had (and still sort of) have BED (otherwise known as Binge Eating Disorder) makes me feel a bit embarrassed and definitely takes a toll on my pride. The fact that I went through episodes of basically going full zombie mode with food is not something that I am proud to admit.
Although I haven't had a binge eating episode in awhile, it still remains in the back of my mind that it was once there for many years. In my opinion, once you have an eating disorder, you kind of always have an eating disorder. You walk through your entire life fighting the eating disorder, whether it be anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating.
According to DoSomething.org, there are approximately 24 million people in the United States struggling with an eating disorder. It's also stated that 50% of these people with eating disorders also have depression. That last stated statistic does not surprise me at all, and I'm frankly surprised that the percentage isn't higher.
Living with an eating disorder consumes your entire life. When something as minimal sounding as food takes over your life, an individual can become quite ashamed of themselves. I always thought of eating disorders as being one of the most difficult addictions/disorders to get over. Food is a daily part of our lives (obviously) so it's not something you can simply get rid of. The individual has to learn to develop a healthy habit of eating, which seems to be close to impossible with the way social media portrays women.