28 Beautiful Tattoos That Represent Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorder recovery — like recovery from many mental illnesses — if often spoken of like a life-long journey. Although you can recover from an eating disorder, it’s an ongoing process and one that can stick with you for a lifetime.

To capture this journey of recovery, the National Eating Disorder Association asked its community to share tattoos inspired by living with an eating disorder.

Here are some of our favorites:


tattoo of eating disorder symbol
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Tattoo reads: I am enough
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If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline: 800-931-2237.


Tattoo of bird jumping out of its cage.
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Tattoo of eating disorder recovery symbol
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Tattoo reads: Be kind to yourself.
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tattoo reads: Stay Strong
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Tattoo says: Feed you head
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eating disorder recovery symbol
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Tattoo reads "Freedom"
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tattoo of a bird
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tattoos of three birds
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Tattoos says: With her broken wings she carried her dreams.
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Tattoo reads: To body with love.
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Tattoo reads: "Let me see redemption win Let me know the struggle ends"
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tattoo reads "deserving"
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Tattoo reads: Destroy what destroys you.
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tattoo reads welcome
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Tattoo reads Freedome
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Tattoo reads: Choice
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Tattoo says, strive for progress, not perfection
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Tattoo of a feather
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Tattoo reads: "Just for today..."
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tattoo of a sunflower
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tattoo reads "stronger" with eating disorder recovery symbol
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Tattoo reads: Don't let it win.
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Tattoo reads: beautiful
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Tattoo reads: No one heals without a struggle.
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three girls with eating disorder recovery symbol tattoos
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If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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