That’s what many people say about eating disorders when they don’t understand the problem. I’ve had a friend (in the media) “suggest” that he just “buy them a bunch of Dunkin Donuts.” Those of us who have been personally affected by eating disorders just want to scream at them and let them know that it’s pointless to be told to “just eat something” or “don’t throw up!”
I like to help those who don’t really understand the eating disorder mindset this way: think of something that you have done for a long time, to help you deal with your stress. Is that having a beer or two? Sitting in front of the TV to relax? Smoking? Even something healthy, like exercise?
Now, I’d like for you to stop doing that thing: You have 3 days (or 5 days) to stop. GO!
This is exactly what people with eating disorders are expected to do when they are placed in a hospital setting. Many times, insurance companies will only allow them 2-3 days at a time, even if they are struggling significantly and need more long-term care. I’ve even had clients who struggle with bulimia be denied for inpatient treatment because they don’t meet the “weight criteria” – for those who understand eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa is the only eating disorder that has a weight criteria, not Bulimia Nervosa.
These are but a few of the many significant issues that those with eating disorders face when trying to get treatment. This is why the Manna Fund exists – to help those who have life-threatening eating disorders obtain treatment when they otherwise could not.
We would love to put each of the 25+ applicants (per quarter) who need such care into treatment – and, God willing, we will someday. At this point in time, we are asking for small, monthly contributions to help maintain Manna Fund, as well as large, corporate donations to help put these individuals in treatment today.
Remember – just as those with other medical issues didn’t “ask for it”, people with eating disorders don’t either. There are no easy cures for those with eating disorders. However, your financial gift, regardless of how small, can help support someone get that very intensive, expensive treatment that can save their life!