My dream career is to be a dietitian working with teens and adults struggling with eating disorders. Two years ago I was in treatment for a severe eating disorder and it was the dietitian I worked with that really helped save my life. I was in such a dark place and I didn’t believe I would ever be able to recover from the disease that had destroyed most of my teen years. But my dietitian was the one that opened my eyes to the fact that recovery was possible.
Now that I’m recovered I see people every day that I know suffer from disordered eating. The public is not well educated about how eating disorders can manifest, and not recognizing an eating disorder can be deadly. There are approximately 8 million Americans with an eating disorder and eating disorders are the mental disorder with the highest mortality rate. So many people don’t receive help and when they do, they don’t always get help from kind, compassionate, empowering health providers.
I want to be a dietitian so I can give people hope, like the hope my dietitian gave me. She didn’t save my life, but she showed me that I had the ability to save my own life. I want to empower people and help them pull themselves out of that deep dark hole that an eating disorder creates. That’s my biggest career goal, to make a difference in the lives of people with eating disorders as a Registered Dietitian.