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Eating Disorders Breed A Wicked Strength

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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.

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Hello, I come from the opposite camp. I was really never bothered one way or another about weight. I had that 5 -15 pounds, depending on the time of the month that I kept my eye on, but otherwise, ate relatively healthy meals tuned to my appetite.
Well, I married a man who had eating disorders, which he inherited from his dad and mother, who spent years taking amphetamines and hating their flesh.
People come in sizes. This is the news I would like to shout to the world. I always knew this, so that I never agonized over it. If one of my friends was eating in an unhealthy way, that would cause me pain, but never the size of her body.
Well, the other news is that eating disorders are infectious. So I developed one as I stayed married to my infected husband. He did not know how to eat without anxiety. There were so many feeling attatched to food that I became infected with! It took years for me to realize this.
The other fact beyond the infectious one is that we do not know how to have an intelligent conversation about food and weight and eating disorders. This conversation is building momentum, but it is not here yet, and those people who avoid morbid obesity and pernicious anorexia manage to do so through incredible personal resources, and are blazing trails that the next generations will take for granted, THANK GOD.
So, just so you know. I admire you.

March 13, 2010 - 5:46pm
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