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It’s Not A Diet

Anorexia isn’t a diet, although many people seem to think it is.  Anorexia is something girls do to try and look skinny like the models in those fashion magazines, right? 

2 thoughts on “It’s Not A Diet

  • June 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for your honesty in this article. When I was 11 years old my older sister’s boyfriend molested me. I was confused about what happened and didn’t tell anyone for years. My parents were busy with their own lives and had little time for me or my problems. I internalized the pain and confusion I felt and started coping by exercising 3 hours a day. When I was finally bad enough to be admitted to an ED Unit at age 13 I was 5’8” and 95 ibs. My memories of that time have largely been repressed; probably because it was very traumatic and embarrassing. Anorexia, like drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other addictions, is an insidious and guilt-based disease. Like you said, it is ultimately about control, not vanity or being on some kind of long term diet. It is common for us “recovering Anorexics” to be highly misunderstood people; we tend to have perfectionistic, addictive, and OCD-like personality traits. We are often intelligent and try to put other people’s needs ahead of our own. Sometimes we have co-occurring mental illnesses, and a majority of us have suffered from abuse as children. I hope you find some solace through your writings and the community we have here on this wonderful website.

    • June 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much for your honesty. It’s a daily recovery process; and being a perfectionist makes me detest the fact that I still struggle with the disorder.
      Thank you so much ❤❤


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