Stunning Pictures Show The Ups and Downs of Eating Disorder Recovery
Eating disorders may not be talked about often by most people, but it is the third most common ailment that teenagers experience. Even worse, they are the most deadly of all mental health issues.
While eating disorders may be alarmingly common, they mostly exist under the surface. Those who live with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia often hide their struggles because of shame or stigma and those who haven’t experienced eating disorders are often more comfortable pretending the issue doesn’t exist.
Photos by Marie Hald of a group of young girls and boys recovering from eating disorders in the small village of Malawa in the south of Poland make it impossible to ignore how significant the issue really is.
The images themselves are beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, capturing close friendships and intimate moments of struggle. While the pictures come specifically from a treatment center in Poland, the photos bring life to a disorder that plagues young women around the world and shows the reality of recovery.
I’ve collected some of the photos below, but you can see the full set at The Washington Post.