It’s been two weeks since National Eating Disorder Awareness week and the excitement of body image awareness has dissipated. As expected, people are still discussing new and innovative ways to curb their body fat, lower their dress size, and feeling more secure in their figure - yet - where does the fight end?
It doesn’t end. And that’s why spokespeople against eating disorders are growing in numbers. Not only is the war still waging, but it will continue to steal susceptible individuals.
What people see in eating disordered women and men isn’t just a struggle with their body image, or their weight. It’s a race to perfection, a war against one’s mind. Can YOU imagine starving yourself, or purging all the food you just ate?
It takes guts to manage an eating disorder, and even more to let go of it. Ultimately the fight never completely ends because those who struggle with an eating disorder are constantly fighting against the eating disorder and for the freedom from it.
Last time I checked, everything Anorexia taught me was false. The fight to be thin didn’t ever come to an end.
If you’re helping someone on their journey to recovery, please note that it’s not their weakness of mind that led them to the destruction, but the strength of their mind. They’ve just been fighting for the wrong side.