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8 Coping Tips for When You See Eating Disorder Triggers

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Growing up, I didn’t know what an eating disorder was because we never talked about it in our household. Or at school. Or in any media.

All I knew is that girls wanted to be skinny and if you were hungry, you were supposed to “eat a handful of almonds.” When I had inevitably developed an eating disorder but then had been fortunate enough to find the help to overcome it, I was always surprised by how quickly seemingly mundane things would trigger my disordered thoughts.

I was always told that “the real world doesn’t come with trigger warnings” but that’s not true. We have “peanut allergy” labels for snacks and “high voltage” stickers on electricity panels.

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