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This Artist's Instagram Account Is Reaching Eating Disorder Survivors In A Profound Way

It bothers me just how much of my existence revolves around food. And given that 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from eating disorders, I'm far from alone in having an unhealthy relationship with food.

I hate myself for what I eat when it's unhealthy. When I am eating healthy for weeks and I feel self-destructive I binge for days on cheesecake for breakfast and chocolates at all times of the day, fooling myself into thinking my body can "burn it off" with the 30 minutes of cardio I do a day.

If I'm not eating what I should be eating: I'm stressing over it. Even when I am eating what I should be eating I don't stress enough and fall back into the habits of self-destructive eating. I've tried all sorts of drugs and substances, opiates that have made me feel incredible and to be honest, none of them had anything on a bar of chocolate packed with hazelnuts.

Both men and women suffer from eating disorders, and sometimes a complicated relationship with food can morph into a relationship that is actually debilitating. Eating disorders can have long-term effects on all aspects of your health, from the strength of your heart, to your bone mass, to even your teeth. Eating disorders can also be crippling for mental health and have a high correlation with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. They're no joke, and they're definitely not a choice.

Many people with complicated relationships with food immediately relate to this artist's Instagram.

Titled, "Me and my ED" artist Christie Begnell addressed her eating disorder through a series of candid illustrations that get brutally honest on how she copes with food.

Many of the drawings deal directly with her fear of weight gain and the social demands that are put on women's bodies.

You are not your thoughts. Once this storm passes, you'll see just how incredibly perfect you are πŸ’•πŸ¦„

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Both the physical and mental health implications with society's obsession of women being thin.
A lot of her illustrations have uplifting messages, too.
Bregnell even tackles the often overlooked struggles men have with body image.
Begnell compiled her illustrations and passages into an e-book called "Me and my ED."

Guess who finally finished the e-book?! πŸ₯‡πŸ† (This gal! πŸ’πŸΌ) . If you guys love my drawings, you're going to love 'Me and My ED'. Its a picture book that depicts life with one of the most complex and misunderstood illnesses (Eating Disorders). It includes pictures showing the purpose of an ED (control, numbing, safety, etc) and how difficult it is to live with a demon in your mind. This book has helped me and many others understand their illness and be able to show others how it feels. When you can't verbalise your thoughts, or even write them down, don't turn to ED behaviours, pick up this book and show your loved ones 🌷 . Get your e-book today by clicking the link in my bio! Plus if you're super quick, Blurb are having a 25% off sale for the next few hours 😁 It will be available in the iBook store within the next week as well 😊 I'm so excited to share it with you guys! It fills my heart with so much light when I hear that my art is helping you.

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She hopes to raise more awareness and start a larger conversation about eating disorders, as there are tons of people who suffer from them.

🌷 I'm going live 12pm AEST Friday 3rd February 🌷 . Hey guys! My name is Christie and I'm the artist behind Me and My ED. I am so so thankful for all of your kind words and I feel so blessed to be able to share my art with you. A lot of my inspiration comes from my journey in my Eating Disorder recovery, but also the stories you have been sharing with me. I would love to get to know you all and listen to your stories, but also give you guys the opportunity to ask me whatever you like 😊 . You can ask me anything about my recovery, my book, my artwork or even about my life. I can't wait to meet you all πŸ’œ (Oh and I might even talk about what this big upcoming announcement is πŸ˜…) . If you end up missing me, I'll organise another time in the near future for a second Q&A 🌷

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Judging by the positive response and great start her account's received, it looks like it's definitely a topic of conversation that needs to be addressed more.
Because at the end of the day, we should always just strive to find happiness and health.

Isn't that what life's all about?

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