Outside of shitty Lifetime original movies, nobody really talks about the everyday reality of eating disorders. We sat down with two young women who have struggled with anorexia and bulimia and got a look at what has to be one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses out there.
#5. It Involves More Than Just Starving or Puking
We all think we know the basics — anorexia means you starve yourself to death, bulimia means you eat and then puke it up. And already we’re wrong — many bulimics, for example, never throw up. There are as many ways to purge as there are exit routes in your body, and there are probably a lot of those that you never even thought about. And, uh, some that you did. Such as your butthole. According to one of the women we talked to, Sara, that can be just as effective of a route as the other end, with a little help from your friends (laxatives, that is, which are really no one’s friend).