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It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and many are posting stories of their own experiences with eating disorders and mental health in order to highlight this important issue. Life coach Brittany Burgunder is an eating disorder survivor, and she has spent the last several years attempting to help others who are struggling.

Burgunder has weighed from 56 to 221 pounds over the course of her recovery process, and when she was at her lowest weight, her family was apparently told to start “planning her funeral.” An active social media user, Burgunder often says she never thought she’d have the healthy, body-positive life she currently leads, but she also stresses that every day marks a commitment to recovery.

Today, she posted three photos of herself on her website to highlight the fact that having an eating disorder doesn’t look one certain way.

In her caption, she wrote, “What do you “see” when you look at this photo?”

Burgunder makes an incredibly simple yet all-too-often overlooked point: You can’t judge a person’s mental health, nor can you tell if they have an eating disorder, based on their outward appearance. It’s a crucial reminder, especially for those of us who may have friends and loved ones who are struggling.

Thank you for making this critical point today, Brittany. We’re so incredibly inspired by your strength and your words.