Truth and Secrets

Eating disorders thrive in secrecy. Running off to the bathroom after a meal, lying about how much (or little) food was eaten, and faking weights at nutrition/dietitian appointments are commonplace for the patient recovering from disordered eating. Besides these actions, however, omission of the truth is equally deceptive and detrimental for recovery. Writer Erika Heidewald documents her struggle with an eating disorder in her blog, and illustrates how she hid under the “healthy living” guise all while bulimia and depression ruled her life.

Many patients put on a front that they’re doing “fine”, highlighting the positive changes they’ve made and downplaying the difficulties they encounter in treatment. Keeping these stressful aspects of recovery from family, friends, and professionals, however, only adds fuel to the disorder. Omission of the truth leads to embarrassment, self loathing, and fear in the patient, and prevents others from being able to fully help the individual. The bottom line for patients is simple: tell others the absolute truth, regardless of how you think they will respond. Only through honest and open dialogue will true recovery be achieved.

Read Erika’s blog here:

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