As he grew emotionally, he learned a lot about himself and what he values in a partner. “Even though not everyone has an eating disorder, everyone struggles with something,” says Jacob.
It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape.
But there are treatments that can help and you can recover from an eating disorder.
On good days, I felt proud, but on bad days, shame took over. For some, sharing this information happens very early in the dating process.
That’s true for Chelsea Kronengold, senior communications associate at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
“I’m authentic, upfront, and explain my own personal experience.
I consider myself to be an activist.” Usually, her dates are respectful, although one spent the whole evening grilling her about eating disorders. “It is a part of who I am, but it’s only a small part,” explains Kronengold.
Eating disorders are often secretive and isolating, and dating involves sharing ourselves.
They’re also disturbingly common: at least Recovery is a long journey with twists, turns, and occasionally relapse.
Kronengold believes that “one reason struggling with an eating disorder while trying to date is challenging is that your first impression is just someone you see, a picture.” Anyone might feel anxious on a date.