You, Me, Empathy - Episode 25: Anorexia and Eating Disorders with Laura Hearn

Trigger Warning: If you have experience with disordered eating, and are sensitive to that, please note that this episode contains explicit depictions of calorie restriction, anorexia, bulimia, and the physical and mental impact of eating disorders.

On Episode 25 of You, Me, Empathy, I explore anorexia and eating disorders with Laura Hearn. Obsessive thinking, feeling out of control, how to talk to someone who has an eating disorder, and the power of having your voice heard.

Laura and I both struggled with anorexia. We empathize with each on a myriad of topics: feeling like we don't connect, being "too sensitive," the validation we get from friends and family for being thin, the false perception that eating disorders are about vanity and privilege, what it's like to be in an eating disorder in-patient treatment center, and how, in many ways, eating disorders are about attempting to process feelings when we don't yet have the tools to do so. 

Plus, Laura shares her story about losing her step-father, and how that traumatic experience was a catalyst in her eating disorder. And how Laura now shares her story and has built a beautiful community to help others with eating disorders: check out Jiggsy!  

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!

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