The Dark Waters of Family Eating Disorders
Paul Florez knows how to use his voice. At 37, he's a professional auctioneer and emcee, and the host of the Marvel comics-centered podcast Power of X-Men. For years he's been working on a memoir about his relationship with his beloved father (that's them pictured above) to explore the intergenerational trauma that may have inspired their shared eating disorder, body dysmorphia, and compulsive exercising. Listen as Paul tells Erin the story of his father's own dramatic coming-of-age in Castro's Cuba and subsequent escape to Miami as a young teenager. Paul lays bare the tragic events that inspired his dad's drive to provide for others, even as he starves himself. And he discusses his own struggle to quell the inner voice that tells a person they're both too much and never enough.
Note: If you are currently struggling, call the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 800-931-2237. You can also text NEDA at 741741, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.