Self Love Sunday is a day to talk about topics related to growth and self-acceptance. Today, we talk about my experiences with anorexia and what my “new normal” looks like post recovery. I try to answer whether recovery from anorexia is possible and honestly reflect on my mental health.
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states that approximately eight million people in the U.S. have anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and related eating disorders. Eight million people represents about three percent (3%) of the total population.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15-24 years old. Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment, the mortality rate falls to 2-3%.
It is not a diet, it is a disease.
For further reading:
What are eating disorders?
My blog post, Dying to be Pretty
My blog post, The Impacts of Dramatizing Mental Illness
NEDA Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Welcome, stranger! My name is Allyson. I am a recent college graduate, a writer and a traveler with stories to share. I post new content every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.