By Kaela Scott
Q: I struggle with binge eating disorder but when I talk to people everyone tells me my disorder isn’t as bad or as serious as other people who struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Is there really a hierarchy of eating disorders?
A: So often individuals who struggle with eating disorders compare themselves to others who struggle and often are left feeling as though their pain isn’t as significant or important as others. There is a belief both with sufferers and the general population that eating disorders are hierarchical with typical anorexia at the top and binge eating at the bottom. This is incredibly destructive for many reasons the primary one being that it causes people to suffer for longer than they should because they minimize their own pain. Below are 3 more reasons why believing this is so destructive:
Instead of treating or seeing eating disorders as existing within a hierarchy we want to approach all sufferers with the compassion and seriousness they deserve. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, be sure to reach out and seek support. We at the Looking Glass Foundation are here to help, wherever you may be in your recovery journey.
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Kaela Scott is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in Eating Disorders. She runs her own private practice and works with the Looking Glass Foundation in both their summer camp and their Hand In Hand Program. She has been passionate about working with eating disorders since freeing herself from her own struggle and realizing what it is like to be happy and well. When she isn’t working, you can find Kaela either cozying up with a cup of tea and her friends or up in the mountains going for a hike.