Episode 9: Healing My Relationship with Food and Anorexia with Marisa Fritz

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this week’s episode, I speak with Marisa, a 20 year  old who struggled with Anorexia Nervosa Disorder. 

Marisa struggled with her eating disorder from 14-16 years old.  While it wasn’t what she planned for herself, she said she’s happy it happened, because it made her a stronger person today

Listen in as we talk about:

  • How she kept her eating disorder a secret
  • Going in and out of hospitalization
  • The turning point in getting help for her mental health
  • What her relationship with food is like today
  • What exposure therapy is and how it helped her
  • Her tips for other young people experiencing challenges with eating disorders

Youth Hotlines: 

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA):  https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

  • Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-800-931-2237
  • Helpline phone hours are Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM ET & Friday 11AM-5PM ET.
  • Helpline chat hours are Monday-Thursday 9AM-9PM ET & Friday 9AM-5PM ET.
  • Helpline text pilot hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-6PM ET.
  • For 24/7 crisis support, text ‘NEDA’ to 74174

Additional resources for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder: 

Note: Not all those who suffer from Bulimia, purge. To get rid of calories and prevent weight gain, people with bulimia may misuse laxatives or weight-loss supplements, diuretics or enemas after bingeing. Or, people will try other things such as fasting, strict dieting or excessive exercise.

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