Are you wondering if you have a ‘valid’ eating disorder?

One of the experiences I value most from my years attempting recovery from an eating disorder has been the opportunity to listen to the voices of other people on the same path. I’ve heard people describe the mental, emotional and physical suffering that is part of their daily life and had no doubt in my mind that these people were suffering from ‘valid’ eating disorders. Yet over and over I’ve also witnessed the genuine suffering of these same people as they struggled with doubts as to whether they were ‘sick enough’ or ‘hopeful enough’ to deserve help.