A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders

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By WNYC Studios

A Brother, A Sister, And Their Eating Disorders

Wednesday, 17 July

Siblings Charlie* and Oscar* were always close growing up. But as they got older, there was one thing that they didn't talk together about: the way they eat. 

Both Charlie and Oscar struggle with different types of eating disorders—Charlie has struggled with bulimia, and Oscar has anorexia. Despite their closeness and years-long suspicions about each other's eating habits, it's taken a long time to open up about their difficulties with food to each other. When they finally had their first real conversation about it last summer, Charlie said it "felt like I was coming out."

"This was finally like pointing a finger at it," Oscar responded. "And saying, 'This is a thing that exists.'"

 Are you or someone you know struggling with an eating disorder? We've compiled resources here

*Names changed 

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