During my interview with Jenna Hillier, she said she had never met another male who was open and frank about his eating disorder. I’m not surprised, because most men never want to admit that they have this problem. My response was that Jenna, and most people, has met at least one male who was suffering from destructive eating.
The fact is, most of us have met at least one person, male or female, who has been suffering from destructive eating patterns. The challenge is that we don’t know who is suffering and who is not. I mean, who wants to admit that they do? Nobody advertises that they have destructive eating patterns. They don’t put that on their social media profiles. Why would they? It only makes them feel ashamed of themselves, and the treatment out there isn’t that effective: expensive retreats and rehab centers, therapy,
When I was a disempowered eater, I never shared it with anybody. I always pretended that I was normal and that everything was okay. It was impossible to hide the effects of those choices. I would lose and gain weight and people would notice that, but they wouldn’t know what was going on inside.
One reason I didn’t share it with anybody, even anonymous people, is that I didn’t think anybody would help me. I thought I could do it on my own. Eventually I did, but only after a long, painful struggle.
Here’s my question for you. Have you told anybody about your struggle? If so, who? If you have not told anybody, why haven’t you told anybody? I’m curious to know!
Creator of the Empowered Eating System