Though it is difficult, sharing one’s experience with a former eating disorder is something of tremendous importance. It is helpful to victims to refrain from keeping one’s past illness to themselves in hopes of educating and helping others, and education is the most effective way to end the negative stigma affiliated with mental illness, specifically eating disorders.
Many people deal with a combination of anorexia and bulimia. The long-term impact that eating disorders have on the body is tremendous.
The food intolerances I currently deal with are a result of damage done to my stomach, and I learned that I have chronic inflammation within the lining of my stomach from purging while I was ill. This prevents my body from properly digesting the food I consume and forces it to exit my body in a rapid manner (a condition that impacts 98% of individuals who have experienced an eating disorder). My body, therefore, cannot absorb a majority of the nutrients from the foods and vitamins I intake, resulting in nutritional deficiencies.
I am working to improve and furthermore heal the damage done to my digestive system, but I am unsure of how long this process will take or if I will ever entirely heal my stomach. Eating disorders wreak havoc on the body and it can be difficult to resolve these problems. There is a definite lack of information available for persons dealing with long-term consequences from former eating disorders, and conversation needs to occur in order to improve the limited awareness addressing these problems.
If you or someone you know has any question or concerns regarding eating disorders, please do not hesitate to reach out. It is my goal to help others dealing with the same problems I experienced.