By Kyla Guilfoil, Editor-in-Chief
Thanks for tuning in with us for another week. Last week I, along with many of my peers, celebrated NEDA (National Eating Disorders Awareness) Week. This week holds special importance to me, as it recognizes the week that I finally started receiving help for my own eating disorder two years ago, and is also a time that I can recognize my recovery and my gratitude each year.
Unfortunately, eating disorders and disordered eating affect large parts of our society, including within our MC community. This is not a far-off abstract issue, it is something that is happening to all different types of people, everyday, right in front of our eyes. This issue is normalized, while also called taboo. The paradox of eating disorders within society therefore halts progressive conversations on the subject, and keeps so many locked into the abusive cycle of eating disorders.
I have had the fortunate opportunity to develop research and a platform for support for this issue through my work with the LWGRC here on campus. On our Women’s Health Handbook online, you can find the Eating Disorders and Body Image handbook that I published last semester. I hope that we can all take some time to increase our understanding of this issue, and I hope that this set of resources can be helpful for anyone struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating or body image issues.
I want to emphasize to everyone that these issues are isolating–internal struggles that develop into these harmful behaviors keep us from fully engaging with our lives–which we all deserve to do. You are not alone, and it can get better. I am so grateful that someone was able to say those words to me when I was struggling, and I hope that I can relay that same message to you reading this today.
Happy NEDA Week. Here is to taking another step forward into a healthier, fuller life.