There is often stigma surrounding those suffering from eating disorders, based on the misconception it is a choice. As these illnesses are portrayed as having physical signs, there is a belief they stem from focusing on appearance.
Many people see eating disorders as an excess of vanity. The stigma is even worse for men and boys who suffer. Eating disorders are seen as feminine–many people aren’t aware men suffer from eating disorders.
We all want our significant other to “get us” and understand us. When it comes to something like an eating disorder, holding out hope the love of your life will ever fully comprehend what you’re going through is a losing game.
Regardless of the amount of actual physical change that might occur during the initial stages of recovery, chances are you are going to feel uncomfortable in your own skin and this is completely normal and to be expected.
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