I am a 23 year old girl in love with and living with a guy with an eating disorder. I have searched the web for advice on how to support him, looked for other people who are in my situation who have stories of hope to tell, and i haven’t come across any yet (if you know of any let me know). All the sites are either too general or geared towards men supporting women, parents supporting children, partners of very severe hospitalised people or couples who have been married for years. I hope that this blog can be for someone else what i was looking for myself.
TB (The boy) and i have been together for 5 years, we have known about his eating disorder (orthorexia and compulsive exercising) for the past 4 and have been seeking help for the past 2. I should say that we are currently still a long way down the road from recovery, he is still searching for the right person/people/team to help him. Thankfully he has never been so low that he has required hospitalisation (yet), but i do believe that we are on the road.
I am not an expert and i can only speak from my experiences. I don’t want this blog to be about TB, although i will share some of our story along the way, i want to share some of my experiences as a girlfriend of someone with an eating disorder.