Eating disorders can lead to death more than any other mental illness. Anorexia, in particular, has the highest death rate as far as mental illness goes—it is even more life-threatening than depression. These are statistics many women already know, even before developing symptoms, so that gives you some idea of what a strong hold the disease has on a person. Knowing their life could be at stake, millions of individuals still sink deep into eating disorders before seeking help. If you’ve ever suffered from one, then you know your life is officially broken up into two significant phases: life before your eating disorder, and life after it. You can never really go back to the way things were before. You can achieve normalcy, and a healthy, happy life but the way you think about your body is forever altered. Here are ways an eating disorder changes your life forever.
You have a strange relationship with scales
Having a scale around can trigger old, unhealthy behaviors. If you live with someone, you may need to ask them if you can have a scale-free home. You know that seeing your weight fluctuate even just a couple of pounds can trigger things like exercising extra that day or eating less. You know that you’re happiest without a scale.