Author: Sadhbh O’Sullivan
Date: 20 September 2019
“My Food Obsession Was A Distraction”: How My Undiagnosed Autism Led To An Eating Disorder
“I haven’t eaten a crisp since I was 12.”Twenty-eight-year-old Laura Andrews lives in Cardiff and works for the civil service. She was diagnosed with anorexia seven years ago, but her eating disorder is atypical.”If you had a whole chocolate bar in one hand and one single crisp in another and said to me, ‘You have to eat one of these’, I’d rather eat the whole chocolate bar because eating the crisp breaks the rules.”Laura’s reasoning, by her own admission, is irrational. It’s not founded on perceived health benefits or a fear of gaining weight but a strict, unyielding obedience to arbitrary rules she set herself years ago. The fact that it’s irrational doesn’t matter, because it’s one of the many rules and routines she depends on for a sense of stability. Laura is one of many women whose eating disorder is part of the autism which went unrecognised in her for years.
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