Binge Eating Disorder is grossly underdiagnosed and can leave dramatical devastation in its wake. So how do you find your way in a culture that makes it so difficult for us to rise above diets, shame-based choices, and self-hatred?
We sit down with Andy McLoughlin and talk about his lifelong journey to shed the darkness of his disorder and embrace a fulfilling life.
My name is Andy McLoughlin, and I’m a member of the Eating Recovery Center’s Recovery Ambassador Council. I’m a little over two years in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder and my quality of life as never been better. Aside from the varied speaking events and activities I do about my own recovery journey as a member of ERC’s Recovery Ambassador Council I have an active schedule. I’m a hotel manager in Center City Philadelphia, a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, and a lover of all things “nerdy”. I’m big fan of Star Wars, super heroes, and cinema; as well as the great outdoors and animals (especially dogs!!!) I share my story because I believe certain aspects of my early life that were misunderstood or dismissed at the time, may help others be diagnosed accurately and earlier. I also find it important to represent a male with an eating disorder in an attempt to battle the stigma that eating disorders only effect females.
I’ve played the drums since the age of 12, and have even recorded several albums with my brothers
I’m terrified of spiders
I’m an ordained minister (online / non-denominational) and I’ve married 6 different couples.
Dream Travel Destination: Ireland is definitely #1 on my list, but on a more local level I also love exploring US cities that are new to me. I’m fascinated by how different our country’s cities’ cultural identities can be from one another.
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