We all know that eating disorders are bad for your body—malnutrition weakens your bones and muscles, you can grow extra hair all over if you’re severely underweight, your teeth become damaged, etcetera. But like many of the fellow eating disorder-afflicted folks I’ve met, I simply assumed that I wouldn’t have to face any of those dangers unless I continued throwing up until I was in my thirties or forties. I just figured that by the time I got older, I’d have stopped before anything permanently damaged my body. I’m young, I thought, I’m resillient.
I was wrong. I’m twenty-two now, but by my late teens, I had already received several of those effects. More