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EP41: Learning to Love Me: The Triumph Back From an Eating Disorder w/Erin Washington

Updated: May 13, 2023

Eating disorders. Disordered eating. They are both very serious and are a silent epidemic that affect all genders and races. And as a country, we have a lot of work to do.

Don't believe me? Here are some stats:

  • 9% of the U.S. population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.

  • BIPOC with eating disorders are half as likely to be diagnosed or to receive treatment.

  • Nearly nine in ten (87%) LGBTQ youth reported being dissatisfied with their body.

  • Women with physical disabilities are more likely to develop eating disorders.

  • Larger body size is both a risk factor for developing an eating disorder and a common outcome for people who struggle with bulimia and binge eating disorder.

  • Athletes report higher rates of excessive exercise than non‐athletes.

  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.

Phew - I think that is enough. The sad truth is, regardless if we ever move into anorexia or bulimia, most every, single human has suffered from body image challenges that have caused us to hide or start making changes that aren't ideal. This episode today comes from noticing a huge trend among listeners. And I knew just the person to chat with. Erin Washington.



Erin Washington is an author and former college athlete who struggled with weight and body image for 20 years. She finally uncovered her ideal physical body at 37, after having two kids. Now in her 40's, Erin continues to promote a balanced lifestyle of “⁠Squats and Margaritas⁠” and offers tips and motivation to women who are working out but not seeing results. Erin hosts the wildly popular Squats and Margaritas podcast and recently founded ⁠Blue Butterfly Foundation⁠, a non-profit that provides mentorship for teen girls struggling with body image and self worth. Erin's second book, From Pain to Purpose: Finding Meaning in live now. ⁠Get it here⁠.


⁠Contact the NEDA Helpline⁠ for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder. Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the support and information you need. Please note that our Helpline is not a substitute for professional help. We cannot provide any kind of advice or ongoing support. We are happy to listen to your concerns, provide information on eating disorders, help you locate professional help, and explore support options. Reach out today!


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