I’m Giving My Eating Disorder Away

Sam Dylan French – Accepting help, no easy thing.

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We need love just as much as we need food. And it never ceases to amaze me how many of us with eating disorders refuse them both.


The following is a transcript from the speech I gave at the 2019 National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Walk in San Francisco.

When I first started seeing my dietitian for my “weird food thing” — that’s what I was calling my anorexia back then — I told him that I felt like people were trying to take something away from me. 

I still remember what he told me. “Sam, no one is going to take your eating disorder away from you,” he said. “You have to give it away.”

So for the first ten months of treatment, I kept my eating disorder on loan, kind of like a library book. I’d let it go…

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