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8 Things We Should Stop Saying To People With Eating Disorders.

What some might overlook as a comment in passing, could represent a dangerous trigger to others.

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Sometimes we can forget that people battle mental health in different ways, and it can be hard to filter our language when out in public or with our friends. Without realizing it, we could be saying something harmful.

Eating disorders are more than a physical hardship, they are a mental one as well. They are not all the same and can look different for many people, just like the people who have them can all look different.

A statistic from the “Child Mind Institute” claims that between 10 and 20 percent of women and between 4 and 10 percent of men in college suffer from eating disorders. With these numbers on the rise, it is important to be mindful of what you are saying, where you are saying it, and who you are saying it to.

Here are some things we should think about before we say them.

1. “Are you really going to eat all of that?” or “That’s all you’re going to eat?”

As someone who is affected by words like these, please stop saying them. Whether it’s eating what may seem like too much or too little, eating around people is an achievement within itself.