My daughter has struggled with an eating disorder for the past 10 years. She has been in various treatment centers for the past 7 years. During this time our family has expended a large amount of personal resources, that insurance companies refused to cover under the guise of medical necessity. It has ripped us emotionally to have to deal with the eating disorder and the insurance component has only added to the burden. Over the course of the past years, after visiting at many treatment centers, I have also met others struggling as well. I have seen many lose their life. There is a huge stigma attached to eating disorders that many refuse to talk about. I have found it therapeutic to talk openly about the struggles, but I find myself among the select few for a father. Most of the fathers that I have spoken to are embarrassed or feel uncomfortable discussing the illness.
I think it is time for Eating Disorders to be treated like any other illness.
It is time for insurance to recognize that this is not a disease of choice.
I March for my daughter as well as others struggling.
I March for all the dads. I March to end the silence!