A study looking at the treatment of those with severe and enduring eating disorders reports statistics on the subject population that are revealing, and very sad. The mental space which can be used to build connection with others is taken up by thoughts of the eating disorder.
Eating disorders disproportionately affect women, so many men may find themselves in my position, but my experience and lessons learned may also apply to women dating men with eating disorders.Your support system should come from core people who are closest to you and know you well.If you are venturing on dating while in recovery from an eating disorder, be sure to talk this through with your support system.Eating disorders by nature are secretive, isolating diseases.
Contrary to the common misconceptions that are believed about eating disorders, many individuals who struggle with these psychiatric illnesses may look perfectly normal on the outside, not giving any reason for someone to possibly know of the chaos they might be struggling with.
Having an eating disorder is by no means anything glamorous, nor is it a disease of “vanity” or choice.