Facts and stats are useful, but it’s more powerful to put a human face on experiences of mental illness.
That’s certainly the case when it comes to eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration estimates that up to 9% of the Australian population suffers from an eating disorder.
But who are these people?
What do they look like? (For the record, most people with an eating disorder fall within the healthy weight range.)
How has their illness affected their relationships, financial status, physical health and hopes for the future?
In my Googling and YouTubing, I’ve found a number of excellent articles, videos and interviews that address these questions.
The BBC documentary Living on Air is a bit dated, but it still conveys the emotional agony of living with anorexia and bulimia.
Then there’s a couple of intense, well-written articles on the subject of eating disorders on The Guardian’s website.
Something that bugs me is that binge-eating disorder and EDNOS (eating disorder not-otherwise-specified) are often left off the radar.
People who are overweight, obese, or do not fit into the diagnostic criteria for anorexia or bulimia still suffer from a legitimate mental illness and deserve recognition.
As such, I was excited to find an informative video that focuses on one of the ‘lesser-known’ eating disorders.
These videos and articles are a good starting point for understanding eating disorders and identifying with the individuals they affect.
What are your thoughts?