How we unknowingly normalize eating disorders
You've likely said at least a few of these things without knowing they're triggers
While the stigma around mental health continues to be broken down by brave fighters who share their battles, eating disorders still struggle to receive adequate attention despite having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. A huge part of that is due to how we've normalized harmful behaviors and habits in this increasingly image-based climate, and yet it's those simple phrases and actions that most often spark and trigger eating disorders.
Many of these things might not seem like a big deal, but to those struggling or recovering from an eating disorder (ED), the language can be very triggering. In the US alone, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders report, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. It's not just young people either—13% of women over 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors. What's worse, many will never seek treatment.
Click through to see phrases, topics, and comments you probably didn't realize were normalizing and triggering EDs, followed by some reliable tips on how to become a better ally.