If this is a bad place to post this, I will happily remove it without a fuss.
I'm currently writing a dystopian story and I wanted to tackle some real, human issues in it. There are two main characters, one of whom has dyslexia and the other is recovering from bulimia but relapses. These are not used as plot points, they are internal struggles they each deal with on a daily basis. They are not romanticized or made to seem like they are less severe than they are.
I have tried to do as much research I can on these topics, but I wanted to make sure I was portraying bulimia accurately and respectfully, as I know how harmful bad representation can be.
So I have two questions, one very specific and one very general; is the backstory of how he developed his eating disorder realistic/respectful and what advice would you give to me in portraying bulimia in fiction?
The backstory: Milo is a seventeen-year-old guy who is a guard at the kingdom. Both of his parents were also guards. A little over a year before the story takes places, his mom is unexpectedly and suddenly killed. Milo isn't sure how to cope with his feelings and turns to binge eating. However, after he binges, he feels worse about himself than before so he started purging to get rid of the gross feelings. It became an addiction, he got a sort of high from it all. About three months before the story started, his dad caught him in the act and was worried about his health and safety, so he started monitoring Milo's meals more carefully and trying to offer emotional support. But during the story, when he's away from his dad, he relapses.
Like I said, I don't want to do harm by portraying this, especially as someone who hasn't had any first-hand experiences with eating disorders. (However, my mom used to have bulimia and she talked to me about it a little bit. That's where some of my research comes from, the rest was from Google.)
If you have any advice whatsoever, I would be glad to hear your perspective. Thank you so much for reading this and I apologize if anything I said was wrong, offensive, or harmful in any way.