I hate when people ask about the typical client seen in eating disorder treatment. The stereotype is that all clients with eating disorders are young, white and female, and unfortunately, that is what is often seen entering treatment. The reality is that eating disorders do not discriminate, and African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans are less likely to enter treatment than Caucasian Americans.
Because the statistics speak to the large number of young, white females, the stories told about treatment, also happen to come from young white females. Throughout this month, NEDN is sharing the voices of those impacted by eating disorders, and today is a repost from the National Eating Disorder Association called, “The Whitewashing of Eating Disorder Recovery.”
If you are interested in sharing your story, you are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.