I'm a middle aged woman in recovery from an eating disorder. This is the nuts and bolts of my story.
There is a unique layer of shame for people with eating disorders as they age beyond what we typically see portrayed in the media as the "eating disorder type". Because society has trained us all to believe that wisdom comes with age, it is quite difficult for someone over the age of 35 or 40 years old to acknowledge an eating disorder exists, let alone seek treatment.
Eating disorders also have the second highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
That's a dangerous combination.
In this video, I talk about what I know so far about how I developed binge eating disorder. If you are struggling with your relationship with food, exercise, or body image, I hope that hearing my story will help you find the courage to get really curious about yourself and find a way to heal.
If you struggle with an eating disorder and would like some help getting started with Creative Journaling to work through some of your challenges, consider joining me in my Creative Journaling for Recovery group on Facebook. We meet every day to journal, get creative and support one another.
More resources for anyone looking for more guidance or help with an eating disorder or disordered eating behaviors:
Project Heal (USA)