- The holy month of Ramadan involves fasting for up to 15 hours a day
- But it can exacerbate eating disorders and mental illnesses that are often already stigmatized
Last year, Azza Altiraifi saw Ramadan as an opportunity to lose weight. The 22-year-old recent college graduate knew the monthlong fast would allow her to indulge her anorexia without raising her family's suspicions. Since none of them would be eating during the day either, her sickness wouldn't stand out.