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In the Media | Eating Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, Social Media, & Support Systems

Hosted by: Nick Caloway
Published by: CBS New York

 
Millions of people with an eating disorder often find their struggles difficult to talk about. 
 
Experts say nearly 10% of Americans will develop anorexia or bulimia, but there is help available. 
 
“I struggled with eating disorder behaviors basically my whole live,” said Lauren Larkin, a licensed mental health counselor. 

Larkin was young and just starting out in New York City when she realized she suffered from anorexia. 

“It’s way, way, way more common than people think. And way more serious, I think, than people give it credit for. Some people are like ‘Just eat, have a burger.’ I was like, ‘No, it doesn’t work that way,'” said Larkin. 

Larkin said the subject is hard to talk about, but shouldn’t be. 

“I couldn’t do it by myself. I was trying to fix the problem alone, and sometimes with eating disorders you can’t do that. You need a full medical team to help you get back on track,” said Larkin. 

In 2018, she found help at the Renfrew Center of Manhattan. 

 

Click here to watch the full interview.

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