Growing up as a first generation immigrant is complex. Your parents are adults who are relearning things they learned in childhood while simultaneously trying to keep you alive and teach you life lessons. On TV you see these perfect, straw-haired, pale-skinned kids, speaking English and eating mashed potatoes for dinner and you look down at your plate of rice and squid, while your mom is yelling at you in your mother tongue and you wonder why your life is so different.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a Canadian non-profit providing resources on eating disorders & weight preoccupation.
Eating Disorders: Who is affected?
The stigma associated with eating disorders robs people of their dignity, increases isolation, reduces self-esteem and contributes to a decline in one’s quality of life. It may act as a barrier to people with eating disorders disclosing their problem to others and stop them from looking for and getting help.