Eating Disorder Recovery with my Mom: A Video Interview

From the first few chapters of Running in Silence my mom doesn’t suspect anything is wrong as I embark on a raw food diet. She doesn’t question my intense obsession with food and running fast, mostly because I kept the worst of the obsession to myself. I didn’t open up. I wasn’t myself, and HADN’T been for her and my dad for my whole life.
And then you get to the chapter where I come out about my binge eating disorder, but we both don’t know what monster we are dealing with. We are BOTH confused and lost, and she gives the typical answers to “cure” what I’m dealing with by telling me I can just eat less to lose weight again–a “normal” response from someone who doesn’t understand and just wants to help.

What my mom did right in that critical moment when I asked for help? She offered to get me the proper, professional help elsewhere. My mom brought me to an eating disorder support group to see a therapist and dietitian. My mom took on the role of eating disorder researcher, attended the parent support group meetings, and listened to me talk for hours on end about my fears, doubts, and why my brain was thinking the way it did.

My mom wasn’t there to fix me. She didn’t even have to understand it all. She just had to listen, support, and love me, and she did EXACTLY that. It was my mom who gave me a safe place to say everything. She was critical in the recovery from my eating disorder, and I thought it critical to share our story together in the latest YouTube video interviews below. Please feel free to share to help other parents or friends who want to help understand or support someone with an eating disorder.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.
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One Response to Eating Disorder Recovery with my Mom: A Video Interview

  1. Tamara Steil says:

    I’m the Mom. Wow, it is difficult to see yourself on video! I seem so stern and serious! It’s a serious topic, but wow. We laugh a lot too. :)

    Also, I really want to add that another thing not to do to an eating disordered person is judge their plate! Do not make comments about how much they are or are not eating, comparing it to what you eat or what you think they should be eating or commenting on how how full you are as if to insinuate that they should be full too. You are not that person. So ZIP IT!

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