“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fattest one of all?”
If you can relate to the above saying, you are not alone. It is estimated that 75 million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia. While most are women, about 10 to 15 percent are men.
Teenagers and young adults are most likely to have eating disorders, but people of all ages, including young children, can have these conditions. Unfortunately, many suffer in silence, ashamed or embarrassed to seek help, or unaware that help is even out there.
The phrase, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall,” comes from a fairy tale, and of course, fairy tales aren’t real. Neither is the image you see staring back at you when you look in the mirror, if you have an eating disorder. Instead of seeing the true picture, you’ll see what your eating disorder wants you to see. It’s important to realize that, although it may feel very real to you, it’s not the truth.
Eating disorders can be deadly. Up to 20 percent of people with anorexia die from their disorder, making it the deadliest mental illness there is.
Bulimia and other eating disorders can also lead to life-threatening complications. In addition to physical complications, eating disorders often lead to psychological and social issues like depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and withdrawal from family and friends. These conditions don’t only affect those that suffer from them; they affect those that care about them as well.
There is good news, though. There is hope. There is help.
Recovery from an eating disorder is difficult and it takes a lot of time and hard work. It takes professional help, including medical care, psychotherapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as support from friends, family members, and other people with eating disorders. Make no mistake, it’s not an easy process. But it is possible.
We’ve developed this website to provide you with resources and tools to help you in your journey to recovery. Our mission is to educate people about eating disorders, including the causes of eating disorders, signs and symptoms, the real facts about these disorders, prevention, and treatment options for people with eating disorders. We’ve included information here about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, and orthorexia, along with other types of disordered eating. This information isn’t a substitute for professional help, and if you think you might have an eating disorder you should be assessed by a professional rather than trying to diagnose yourself, but this is a good place to get started on your journey to good health.
It will be a long journey, but it will be worth it. You can find freedom from eating disorders and learn to love yourself. Take the first step today. When recovery happens, you’ll look in the mirror and ask, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” And the answer will be you.