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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Turning illness into outreach.


Those of us who are suffering from an eating disorder tend to become isolated. This may be due to the shame and guilt associated with our eating habits and food obsessions or possibly something may trigger us when being with someone who is healthy and recovered. Either way, anorexics, bulimics, binge eaters and everyone in between, become disconnected from the world around them. It is important and a vital key for recovery for those who have eating disorders to have a support group. Maddy Grey, a 17 year old Senior in North Carolina, has started an Eating Disorders Anonymous club at her high school, Great Oak. She has made leaps and bounds in her recovery turning her illness into an opportunity to help others. She knows from her own personal experience the importance of having others who understand and once she realized there wasn’t any EDA meetings in her area she started her own. The efforts Maddy has made seems to be having a positive effect in her community and has started to organize her city’s first National Eating Disorder Association walk for awareness, scheduled on September 15th. The outstanding devotion of Maddy is something we can all aspire to; however, it is important to first take care of our own recovery and health before we are effectively able to help others.
Hannah, Intern with Eating Disorder Hope

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