Have you had an eating disorder?

The answer is no.

Did I try diets as a teenager? Of course, because I grew up in a fat-obsessed culture just like most of you.

The only difference between me and most of the folks visiting here is that I just happened not to have a genetic pre-disposition to develop harmful eating behaviors once I attempted to restrict calories. That's luck.

There are extremely successful and powerful women out there in the world who will tell you that their greatest achievement was losing weight (albeit not permanent weight loss). How on earth can we find a space for being more than two or three numbers on a scale when we are bombarded with that being the sum total of our value?

For some of you, it will be important to seek support from those who specifically have the same chronic condition as you, for others you might want the perspective of those who live completely outside that reality.