“I’m authentic, upfront, and explain my own personal experience.I consider myself to be an activist.” Usually, her dates are respectful, although one spent the whole evening grilling her about eating disorders. “It is a part of who I am, but it’s only a small part,” explains Kronengold.

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When is the best moment to tell your new love interest that you’re in recovery from an eating disorder? I had spent eight years in a struggle with anorexia, binge eating, and an unhappy obsession with food and my body.

My recovery was hard-earned and a big part of my identity, yet it still felt like a super vulnerable ball to drop. My past felt like heavy baggage I had to lug around to every new experience and relationship.

“I felt like I was OK because for the first time in my life, I wasn’t fat,” he remembers.

“I was so enthusiastic about solving my problem, I wanted to share it with everyone.” and eating disorder history.

Jacob*, a musician in New York, also likes to share his food issues upfront.

When he started seriously dating, he had lost nearly 100 pounds as he recovered from compulsive overeating.

As he grew emotionally, he learned a lot about himself and what he values in a partner. “Even though not everyone has an eating disorder, everyone struggles with something,” says Jacob.

As for me, my husband is incredibly supportive of my recovery journey.

On good days, I felt proud, but on bad days, shame took over. For some, sharing this information happens very early in the dating process.