I think we as a society need to take mental health far more seriously. It needs to be treated like any other illness for which you would get help. Those who have been personally affected should speak out and share their stories so that we can reduce the stigma that mental illness holds in our society and shed light on the realities of these disorders.

I am a recent graduate from Fordham University with my MSW, and my mission is to work with those struggling with ED's. I also have a blog where I seek to shed light on the illness and use bits of my struggle and recovery story as inspiration to others. It's so important that those who have been personally affected by this illness speak out and shed truth on the severity of the disease, because it must be taken seriously and spoken about as a life or death situation. Because it is. Eating Disorders are not a choice. But recovery, spreading truth and helping others is."

Take a look at Emma's blog at, on YouTube and Instagram at @ed_on_eds.