What Women Recovering From Eating Disorders Actually Face in the…

What Women Recovering From Eating Disorders Actually Face in the New Year

Instead of setting impossible standards, tapping into the growing body-positive movement and a community that’s focused on embracing imperfections can be key. Case in point: Demi Lovato, who has been vocal about her struggle with bulimia in her music, on camera, in the 2017 documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, and, most recently, on her social handles, where a slew of selfies of the singer in swimsuits is seen dominating her pages. “So, I’m insecure about my legs in this picture but I’m posting it because I look so happy and this year I’ve decided I’m letting go of my perfectionism and embracing freedom from self-criticism,” she captioned. “Learning to love my body the way it is is challenging but life-changing. Giving up my eating disorder has been the most challenging journey of my life, but I work every day toward solid recovery even if I mess up sometimes….” The post garnered 3.3 million likes, and counting. Which makes sense, says Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association. “Being transparent about the fact that recovery is not a straight line, and that relapse happens, is very important [and empowering] for people to know.”

Whether you’re recovering from an eating disorder, or simply trying to establish a healthier, more body-positive mind-set in 2018 so that you can be part of the solution, not the problem, here are a few key actions you can take, from curbing your “fat talk,” a self-degrading term first coined in 1994, to following inspiring people who are leading the body-positive movement on social media. You can seek medical attention by visiting myneda.org or by calling NEDA’s helpline at 800-931-2237.