Over 30 million men and women are struggling with some type of eating disorder. But only 1 in every 10 of these people ever recieve some type of formal treatment.
This past fall, I was lucky enough to be 1 in 10.
Growing up, we learn that an eating disorder manifests in two ways. You're either binging and purging, or you're completley emaciated and eating half an apple a day. But honestly, that's not how it is, or at least how it starts, in the slightest.
I struggled with a clinical eating disorder for four years before I was formally diagnosed with anorexia. Before the end of my senior year, it didn't dramatically impact my weight. Thus, despite all of my behavior, I really didn't think I was sick. It makes me really sad to think that I had to lose a really terrifying amount of weight finally realize that this MIGHT be a problem.
Nobody taught us that eating disorders do not discriminate. People of any race, gender, socioeconomic status, and all else are almost equally suscpetible. They are mental disorders with physical side effects. Sometimes that means weight loss, but often times, it doesn't. There is no mold for what an eating disorder looks like.
This is something my younger self needed to hear. This is something the world needs to hear. This is why I walk.
Additionally, the female running community is a population that is particurally suscpetible to eating disorders. This group is very near and dear to my heart, as I was part of it throughout high school. Firsthandedly, I have seen the extraordinary, but also detramental things that running can do to my body. As I have slowly brought running back into my life, I have promised to always eat a recovery snack, thus the name of this team.
Only 1/3 of people who have anorexia ever fully recover. And truly, most of these people make it to about 75%. I have been so inspired by the people who have taught me that 100% recovery is possible. Everyday, I remind myself 100 over 75.
My eating disorder kept me from being present in a lot of moments throughout the years. And through these moments and this journey, I have realized that my story is hardly unique. I use my personal experinces to advocate, and to create change. My hope is because of this, other kids, runners, adults, teenagers, will not have to miss out on the moments the way that I did.
I created this team to celebrate those fighting through recovery, and those who encourage the recovery of someone else everyday. It truly takes a village.
This team isn't about me. It's more about spreading awareness and celebrating all who have sruggled with eating disorders or have helped those who are.
I owe my life to those who have supported me through this.
Please consider joining this team, donating, or simply spreading awareness.
An eating disorder will always be part of our story, but it will not BE our story.
Thank you so much for your support! You can also help by forwarding this page to anyone you think might want to support the cause with us!