Updated: Nov 10, 2020
As adults, we've learned hard-fought lessons by now. Pass on any round of shots taking place after 11pm, refrain from using twitter within 48 hours of a break-up, and never, under any circumstances, get bangs.
But how do we pass these lessons on to our children in a way that sinks in? Is there - in any realm of possibility - potential for them to absorb this wisdom via osmosis, rather than have to learn them (painfully) first-hand as we did?
My mind has been racing on this concept for years now. How can I, with my hard-fought journey to food freedom and intuitive eating, ensure that my daughter doesn't have to arrive there by the same treacherous road that I did? How can I give her the best chance possible at bypassing the intrusive food thoughts, the doubt, confusion, self-sabotage, anxiety and comparison that plagued my 18th year of life? How can I Amazon Prime 'same-day ship' her flawless little booty to the self-acceptance finish line? What if - God forbid - she doesn't make it there at all?
I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that sadly, I may not be able to control the outcome here. But I'll be damned if I don't at least go out with my boots on.
Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Depression included. Let that sink in.
In fact, according to the National Eating Disorder Foundation, the mortality rate associated with anorexia is 12x higher than all other causes of death combined in women ages 15-24, due to starvation, metabolic collapse, suicide, and other complications associated with the disease.