I lived over 30 years in the world of alcoholism and an eating disorder (primarily anorexia). At the age of 40, I sought treatment for alcoholism. My liver count was off the charts and overall, my health was in bad shape. Thankfully, my liver count returned to normal and now, 11 years later, I've not found a reason to pick up a drink again. At the age of 46, I entered an eating disorder treatment center and was immediately put in a wheelchair because I was too weak to walk. Three months later, I walked out of that treatment center, a totally different woman in body, mind and spirit. Anorexia is a very serious, life-threatening disease and while thankfully, now over four years later, I've not returned to those unhealthy eating behaviors, I do have long-term consequences. My bone density is like that of an 80 year old woman so I take daily medication and have annual bone density scans. Otherwise the doctors tell me I'm in good health and I have every intention to stay that way. It's as simple as staying mindful on a daily basis.