So many of us are familiar with NED. We know him by his first name.
Like the obnoxious uncle who swings by for an afternoon then stays for the weekend, NED can be hard to get rid of. He may only be around for a short while, but NED is always lingering in the back of our minds. NED’s effects are often devastating and long-lasting. Often, the guilt and shame that comes with a visit from NED gets swept under the rug, adding pressure to the lives of people who already have more pressure on them than they need or deserve.
We need to put NED in his place.
It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Why am I using space in a diabetes blog to talk about eating disorders? If you live with diabetes, or if you even know someone living with diabetes, you are familiar with eating disorders. Our wacked-out endocrine system that causes strange blood glucose numbers can also cause wacked-out eating habits. If you live with diabetes, you know that. It’s sucky, but it’s natural.
Let me tell you: We all need to be part of a solution that uplifts and inspires success for everyone working their way through difficult health issues. And eating disorders are a very difficult health issue.
If you’re living with diabetes and dealing with eating disorders, you are not alone.
Visit nedawareness.org and get started on the road toward a happier, better, healthier life right now.
If you’re living with Type 1 diabetes, you can also visit wearediabetes.org and reach out to people who provide support and advocate for others who are going through what you’re going through.
As always, please remember:
You are not alone. I support you… no conditions.