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Why Did It Take So Long to Get My Eating Disorder Diagnosis?

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I’ve lived with an eating disorder for six years now, but I’ve only been in recovery for just under two years. Why is there such a discrepancy?

Why did it take so long for me to receive a diagnosis? I grew up with body image struggles, but I absolutely loved food and never thought that I would end up battling an eating disorder.

From an early age, I yearned to escape my body — a consequence of societal messages about disability. But I never displayed any other telltale signs of a potential eating disorder, so an ED diagnosis was never on my radar — or anyone else’s.

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