National Eating Disorders Association

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Back to classes

It's hard being back in classes. I've been in recovery for about eight months now, and I've flopped back and forth between wanting to lose weight (and doing so, mostly because of being sick, but of course I was pleased), and not caring at all. Summer passed, and I was in a "not caring at all" phase, simply because I only hung around my boyfriend, family, and friends.

But now, fall semester has started and for some reason, it's hitting me hard. I'm comparing myself constantly. Every girl is smaller than me. I'm a health major, which I absolutely love, but talking about exercise regiments when I know I am still limited to 20 minutes cycling (in addition to all the walking I do on campus) is hard. Especially when my freakin' period add told me "Walking isn't a good enough exercise." Excuse me, app!


I'm sorry you are having a hard time with this. I hope you will be ok soon. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Hugs.


Hello! It's good to hear from you:) I'm so sorry you are struggling being back in school. I think many of us can relate with what you are going through. I know college was a really difficult time for me in my ED and was filled with constant stressors. Do you have a support system while you're away at school? Just want you to know you're not alone. And recovery is possible. Congratulations for continuing to walk the recovery path for 8 months-- as difficult as it has been. Try to be gentle with yourself <3 Keep us posted!