Eating disorders are the biggest killer out of all mental illnesses. That is a scary fact. And if you are aware of how common depression and anxiety are, then it will enable you to realize (if you weren’t already aware) that eating disorders are even more of an epidemic.
The GTHQ Weekly Wrap Up this week isn’t just about eating disorders. We wanted to make a special edition of our regular webisode to highlight one of our awesome bloggers, Cami Julaine. The 19 year old just graduated high school, she is an aspiring singer and actress, and has a very powerful story.
At the age of 8 she developed an eating disorder and was eventually diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia. During high school she was sent to hospital because her disorder became so severe (to read more in depth about how if affected her life, you can read her interview here). It was the only place her parents knew to send her for a health crisis. What they didn’t realize at the time was that an eating disorder is more about mental health than it is physical, and eventually they had to look into better options for Cami.
Like many parents, they had no idea what they were dealing with, as you will see in the video below. Cami was meant to only spend one week in a treatment center, but ended up being there for a year, missing out what would’ve been her senior year with her friends.
After completing the treatment, she had to go back to high school, while still taking therapy and getting advice on her nutrition. She learned a lot being in treatment and it made her realize how unprepared teenagers and their parents are to deal with such a deadly disorder like this, even though it is so common.
As she was finished high school, she urged her teachers that they should think about teaching a class about how to deal with addiction, disorders and equip them with life skills. Instead of agreeing with her, they in turn told her she should be teaching it. So unlike most high school seniors who cannot wait to leave school grounds forever on graduation day, Cami made the choice to go back to school to empower, and equip future students and arm them with knowledge they need to know about in life.
The video below shows Cami and her parents talking about her journey with an eating disorder, coming up with the idea and the curriculum for the class, and why this is important. We hope Cami’s story will inspire you that no matter what you have been through in life, there is a way to use it to inspire others and you have the power to turn it into something positive.
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