When I decided to do Embody Carolina, I had no idea. I work at the gym, so I knew that over-exercise was an issue on our campus. I knew I wanted to help. I had an idea of how to help; I would train allies. However, I had no idea how widespread the effects of eating disorders are.
There has been a rise in anorexia diagnoses every decade since 1930 in teenagers aged 15 to 19. These are people who we know and people who we care about. These are people who need allies on their side, because an eating disorder is not just something you can pull yourself out of. It takes a team—an educated team. It takes supportive friends, family, doctors and many more. In order to be an effective ally, you have to have a good idea of what an eating disorder is and how it can consume and change a person’s life. I encourage you to come to one of our Embody Carolina trainings, where we teach you how to become effective allies to your friends and family members who are struggling.
I had no idea that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Now I do. Now I’m doing something about it.