The Things I Hear as Someone With an Eating Disorder

NEDA Week may be over, but for many struggling with an eating disorders, the unhealthy chatter remains. Let’s keep talking about it.


The things I hear as someone with an eating disorder.

“Men don’t get eating disorders.”

“How could you do that to yourself?”

“I feel out of control.”

“Eating makes me weak.”

“You should just go on a diet.”

“You’re just being a girl.”

“Just one last time.”

“I have no willpower.”

“We don’t carry your size.”

“You’re too old for this.”

“I’m weak when I eat.”

“I’ll start over tomorrow.”

“How are you still hungry?”

“Why can’t you control yourself?”

“I’m worthless.”

“I’m in control.”

“You don’t have a real problem.”

“What’s wrong with you?”

“I can’t stop thinking about food.”

“I’ll feel better when I lose weight.”

“You’re just lazy.”

“Just stop.”

“This number defines me.”

“I want to disappear.”

“Are you sure you want to eat that?”

“I wish I was as skinny as you.”

“I’m disgusting.”

“This number defines me.”

“You have no self control.”

“You’re selfish.”

“I’m empty.”

“I need my eating disorder.”

“Why don’t you just exercise?”

“You’re overreacting.”

“I’m fine.”

“I’m a failure.”

“You don’t look like you have an eating disorder.”

“You don’t look like your sick.”

“I need help.”

Don’t listen to the chatter — everyone deserves help for an eating disroder.

“Diets don’t fix this.”

“I deserve to eat and enjoy eating.”

“I’m a 6’4″ masculine man who struggles with an eating disorder.”

“I’m not defined by my eating disorder.”

“I’m Ryan Sheldon.”

“I’m Angela Gulner.”

“And I’m in recovery from binge eating disorder.”

“And I’m recovering from bulimia.”


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