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By On January 5th, 2018

How one daughter told her mom and dad she had an eating disorder

Source: Alex Reffie/Women’s Health Mag

For those living with an eating disorder, secrecy tends to be a way of life. They fear being “found out” and facing the embarrassment or shame of admitting to their disorder. In most cases, they manage to hide their eating disorder until they reach a tipping point where they are confronted by friends, family, doctors, or a serious medical complication.

This doesn’t have to be the case, however. Alex Reffie managed to keep her eating disorder hidden for more than two years before finally deciding she should tell her family. There was no explosive confrontation or single issue that led her to seek the support of those closest to her. Instead, it was just self-reflection and a realization of how eating disorders were holding her back.

“I had goals for myself that I knew I would never be able to achieve if I was treating my body this way,” Reffie told Women’s Health Magazine. “Eventually, I knew I’d have to tell my parents. It was obvious to me, three years after my first purge, that I couldn’t get through this alone.

Reffie made the brave decision to tell her parents about her experiences with anorexia and bulimia on her terms, and by doing so, found the strength and support she had been needing to start recovering in earnest. As she explains, “Because I know I have the support of my parents, and some of the close friends I’ve told about my struggle since, I have a newfound strength to say “no” to myself when I think about purging.”

Read Alex Reffie’s whole story of coming to grips with her eating disorder and finding the courage to open up to her family at Women’s Health Magazine.

If you or someone you love are living with an eating disorder, give Brookhaven a call at (888) 298-4673. We can answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment plan for you. 

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