It’s so easy to get stuck and feel totally trapped when you’re in college. Even though it’s been quite a few years, I remember it well. So much pressure with studies, work and relationships. And getting ready to make the big leap to the real world where you will ultimately be responsible. Exciting and scary at the same time. If you don’t learn good habits and how to deal with stress in college, it will only get worse when you’re on your own.
Did you know that over 10 million individuals in the United States are suffering with eating disorders, and the numbers are increasing daily? Did you know that this number is completely skewed because so many individuals like me, have never told anyone? It wasn’t until my book, It Started with Pop-Tarts came out in 2008 that people knew I had lived with bulimia for many years. It’s embarrassing, it’s a behavioral addiction that forces you into isolation to hide the shame, guilt and fear you’re experiencing.
I remember the day it happened. The day it clicked in my head. Finally, something I had control over. While in the midst of my chaotic world back in 2008 during the full force of false child abuse allegations, DHS Child Protective Services investigations, two child custody disputes, dealing with my ex-wife, the public attacks of current wife’s ex-husband and his wife, the stress from work and graduate school and all of their tolls taken on my relationships, I was past the point of feeling controlled. I was controlled.
With all the talk about the masses of women who hate their bodies on a daily basis, and living with my own self-hatred for over thirty years. I decided to do a bit of research to see what the origin of “perfect” was.
Last week I had the incredible opportunity to travel all over this great country and speak for three Universities that understand the importance of bringing more awareness to eating disorders. Drug and alcohol awareness are mandatory programs for most universities, but one of my goals is to help them understand that eating disorders are just are critical and need the same level of attention, if not more.