eating disorders

3 Nov

This isn’t going to be a long article, but it’s going to be important. Approach this piece of writing as a bit of food for thought. Read, digest and think about it.

Today I’m going to talk about eating disorders. Not about the statistics of it, but the personal and emotional sides to it. What it’s really like for someone living with it. Yes, we all have our preconceptions of anorexia, bulimia etc. but have you ever actually thought how they affect the sufferers themselves and the people around them? Have you ever asked yourself what it would be like to live with an eating disorder?

Eating disorders may seem like something to joke about, an issue for every known television soap to put as its teen storyline but in truth it is something much more. When I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, my whole life changed. Instead of being a fun loving girl who enjoyed food a tad too much, I became a paranoid, skinny, moody bitch. Because these illnesses do not just help you to lose weight, they also play with your mood, skin, everything.

It’s also not about just wanting to be skinny, it’s about a problem with food that people sometimes find difficult to control, whether they love to eat or find it difficult to put fork to mouth.

This article isn’t to rant about the problems of an eating disorder but it is a plea for all those who simply state, ‘she looks anorexic’ or ‘look how fat she is’, that weight is a problem many people deal with, don’t make life hell for them by making useless, hurtful comments. Please before you speak, just think: could you be hurting someone? Could they be vulnerable?


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