Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m featured on the lovely Emilie’s site as part of her Embrace:Me series. It’s a very personal post where I disclose more about my ED struggles. I hope that someone out there is helped by this… but if not, it does help me immensely to be more open about my battle.
Eating disorders are so misunderstood. Sometimes I think people would take it better if I said I had a serious drug problem as opposed to an eating disorder. They’re the butt of jokes, they’re mocked and people perceive them as a choice or as being “so good”. Trust me, it’s not a “choice”… it’s a very difficult mental disorder, a coping mechanism for deeper issues and very rarely is it actually about the food. Recovery is hard… really hard. And it takes a long time.
I wish that, with time, the world will have a healthier outlook on health and bodies, but I’m not dumb enough to think change will happen overnight (or even over-year). But I’ve seen a positive movement starting toward a more positive body image and self esteem spreading. Caitlin Boyle’s Operation Beautiful and BlogHer’s Own Your Beauty are great movements and Medicinal Marzipan’s Body Image Warriors is an ever-growing list of people who are trying to bring about change.
I hope the trend continues!