How to make Thanksgiving safe for those with eating disorders
For most, Thanksgiving is a time to relax with family and feast on a variety of homecooked food. But, for the 30 million men and women living with eating disorders in America, the holiday is considerably less simple.
Thanksgiving can be a precarious, stressful, and potentially triggering to those living with or recovering from an eating disorder. Thankfully, with some planning and support, you can still enjoy the holidays without letting disordered eating or body image issues ruin the day.
To help those with eating disorders make it through Thanksgiving unscathed, USA Today recently spoke with eating disorder experts Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and Dena Cabrera, executive clinical director of the Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders.
Whether you personally are living with an eating disorder or you want to make sure your Thanksgiving gathering is a safe place for someone you love recovering from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, Mysko and Cabrera offer suggestions for creating a healthy environment that still includes all the trappings of a traditional holiday with friends and family.