1474587334032To say I’ve had a love affair with food would be an understatement.

I used to spend so much of my day thinking about food, planning for it, and indulging in it. For years, I justified this by calling it “emotional eating.” It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I could see my eating behaviors were becoming a real problem; it wasn’t just about food—my eating was beginning to affect other areas of my life.

Thankfully, I’m able to share my story with a new outlook. My name is Ryan, I’m 28 years old and live in sunny Southern California. I work for a technology company and love spending as much time as I can with my friends. Though it took a while and required many ups and downs, I’m happy with the life I’m making for myself. There were times I felt alone, like nobody understood what I was going through, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and am passionate about helping people through their own adversities. I hope in listening to my story others out there suffering from this disorder will be feel shame-ridden.

My intentions of everything that I do are to help others cope with BED through humor and education. I personally feel that when you add humor to a not so great situation it humanizes it and allows others to stop feeling ashamed. For years and years I had been ashamed, but not anymore. I am so grateful and honored for all of the support.

Thank you for participating in my life of living with Binge Eating Disorder.