To raise awareness for National Eating Disorder Week (February 22nd to 28th), Cut Video asked people with eating disorders to respond to the statement "You don't look like you have [one]." Their emotional answers are an important reminder that mental illness does not discriminate.
"There's a pretty gendered nature to it," one man responds. "It feels even more shameful. I just feel like weak and embarrassed, like 'This is something you should figure out on your own.'"
A woman explains how that phrase reminds her of explaining her illness "to the ones who were not sympathetic" and the shame that came with people not understanding: "I just kind of felt like I came out to the wrong person."
"If you don't look like you have an eating disorder, it means that you don't have to seek treatment," another woman elaborates. "It could make that person want to use behaviors more so they can get to that weight where they look like they have an eating disorder." Watch the video below.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.