From the outside looking in, perhaps eating disorders and autism couldn’t look more different. Supposedly, people with autism aren’t attuned to their emotions, whereas people with eating disorders are highly sensitive and turn to food/eating behaviours to cope. But strip off the misconceptions, and the two conditions are far more similar than anyone believed.
Everyone is managing a changing world! Measures imposed by our governments have been vital to keep us safe but at what cost? Things as simple as a change in routine, encouragement to exercise or wash our hands can be trigger someone with an eating disorder in unhelpful behaviours.
Responsibly, accurate depiction of mental illness is needed to raise awareness. We need to be be awareness that young people can be easily influenced into some behaviours but this does not mean we should shy away from the truth about the reality of eating disorders.