Uncomfortable Things That Happen When People Know You’re in Recovery

Once you tell people- whether it’s one person or a few hundred- that you have an eating disorder, you’re in for a rollercoaster of reactions, comments, and questions. Here are the kind of funny, mostly uncomfortable things that happen once people know you’re in recovery:

P.S. Isn’t the puppy picture at the top the cutest? A whole mood.

People will say something potentially triggering and then try and apologize…profusely


The intention is good, but usually the apology gets more and more awkward as it trails on. You think it’s over and then- oh- another “I’m so sorry!” This usually happens when the information about your eating disorder is fresh on someone’s mind and (hopefully) stops soon after.

You’ll get new diet recommendations


Because that’s exactly what you need!

People will try and serve you food


“I can get it myself…thanks.”

People will ask for photos, lowest/highest weight, etc.


No eating disorder looks the same and assuming people look a certain way when they’re sick is a huge misunderstanding that can lead to underrepresentation and people not getting the diagnosis they need to get help. And also- that stuff is personal! 

“You look so healthy!”


Thanks. Thanks for that.

You’ll get plenty of book, movie, and scripture recommendations


Now you’re healed.

In all seriousness, many people don’t know how to react when they find out someone has an eating disorder- especially if it’s someone they really care about! Still, in recovery it’s important to acknowledge the uncomfortable situations and laugh about them when you can!

Featured photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels

All content on RecovRoad is based on personal experiences, research, and ideas. Please do not repost/share without credit and be aware that nothing on this blog takes the place of professional help. This is also a formal trigger warning: content about and relating to eating disorders may be triggering to survivors. Please see the “RESOURCES” tab, call the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 800-931-2237, and remember to take care of yourself.


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