I've been reading about eating disorders, and there is the suggestion that eating disorders have become increasingly prevalent, and that this prevalence is spreading geographically.
This made me think - do I have a responsibility not to contribute to this epidemic? Should I be careful about how I talk about my ED (not to give 'tips' or to glamorise) and be careful not to influence people who may be vulnerable?
How would I balance this with getting help, decreasing my isolation, and creating awareness of EDs?
For example, I have a friend who has often mentioned that they 'used to be anorexic'. I often think about talking more openly about my ED to this friend, but I do not want to trigger them or create a situation in which we encourage each other.
I have several other friends who has mentioned similar things. And I have occasionally said things that reveal my own behaviours.
I am wary of developing a support network that may support healthy recovery, but has a lot of potential to support the ED behaviour of both myself and my friends.
(I am speaking in terms of more extended friends, and do not mean to question the absolute importance of talking to professionals and immediate family/core support network.)
What do you think?
Does anyone have any experience positive or negative in this area?