We tend to approach weight and eating issues with diets, exercise, and extreme lifestyle changes; however, working with a professional on the mental health aspect of eating disorders is far more healthy, productive, and long-lasting.
Your stomach's feats should be celebrated, not shamed. And therefore, the stomach should be displayed with, yes, I'll say it, pride. Your umbilical cord connected you, your tummy, and your mother. Without that belly, you wouldn't be here.
Eating disorders are not limited to illnesses that affect teenage girls. There isn't a stereotype for eating disorders; they can affect and ruin the life of any individual. That statistic alone should be enough to start talking about eating disorders and stop keeping them a secret.
Eating disorders are very "behind closed doors" afflictions. I can't tell you how many times a parent has told me, "I had no idea." And frequently that "aha" moment comes at a startlingly late stage of the illness' progression.