Hi friends! Happy December! For those of us in the northern hemisphere, in less than a week, our daylight hours will start to increase again– for me, that’s one of the greatest gifts of the holidays.
If you were going to stop reading after that paragraph, that is absolutely fine. However, if you’re going to read anything I post this year (and I’m grateful to say that I have posted/written many things I’m proud of) let it be this.
I’ve collected some resources about making it through the supposedly-delicious holiday season when struggling with/in recovery from an eating disorder, as well as what to do if your friend or family member is struggling with the same thing. You might think- “Wait! That doesn’t apply to me!”
But it almost definitely does. A whopping 95 percent of the people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25, and those are the ages of many of you who will read this. If that’s not enough, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 women (!) struggle with an eating disorder. Do you know five women. Ok, so that’s kind of what I’m getting at. (Many men struggle as well, and their rates are even harder to find because so few seek treatment since eating disorders are often minimized as a mental health issue only for ladies.)
This post would be remiss without me mentioning something I almost never do: this post important to me for a lot of reasons. Even if I was only counting good friends with diagnosed or diagnosable eating disorders, it would take more than one hand. As a friend, this matters to me. As a body-positive feminist, this matters to me. And especially as a person who is in recovery from an eating disorder herself, this matters to me.
1. 22 Things People with Eating Disorders Want Others to Know About the Holidays (This one is my favorite one!)
2. 10 Things I Wish People Understood About Eating Disorders (Have this bookmarked and play it out of a speaker the next time someone says something ignorant.)
3. How to Handle Holidays Feasts When You Have an Eating Disorder (No matter what’s going on with you, it’s always important to create space for yourself during social times of the year!)
4. Five Tips to Prepare for the Holidays (This one’s a little more clinical.)
Images via Psychology Today, The Mighty, @fyeahmfabello on YouTube, Reddit, & The Mighty