This week, BALANCE is pleased to feature Maha Kahn, the founder of the blog Islam and Eating Disorders. With the Ramadan holiday beginning earlier this week that is a challenge for many who have or are struggling with eating disorders, we wanted to celebrate Maha’s advocacy within the Muslim community.
After struggling with her own eating disorder for more than fifteen years, Maha was inspired to raise awareness, especially within her community. She started the Islam and Eating Disorders blog six years ago as a way to share her own recovery journey and provide support to others. Today, her blog reaches many and is a place full of resources, hope and inspiration.
Recognizing and understanding firsthand the unique challenges that come with being in recovery and feeling pressure to fast during Ramadan, she has been outspoken on the topic.
Khan shared with World Eating Disorders Day that "people going through this need to know they should fast responsibly," and "need to know their calorie intake, consult dietitians, and also make sure they have someone supporting them, whether that's friends, families, or the imam at the mosque."
On her site, there is a “Healthy You, Healthy Ramadan” guidebook that encourages others to partake in healthy and safe fasting behaviors. She also invites her followers and readers to reach out if they would like to be a part of a support community during this holy month of Ramadan.
With Eating Disorders being a growing problem in the Muslim world, Maha's work is evermore important during this time of year and always!