I am happy to say that school will start 2 hours later than usual, allowing me to release all my feelings on this very blog post. So sit back and relax as you get a glimpse of what is going on is my racing mind. . .
So last night as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, completely ignoring the mountains of homework I had to complete, I noticed a friend mentioning the fact that it was apparently eating disorder awareness week. Despite the fact I am one of the millions of people in America who have become a victim of Ed, I had absolutely no idea that this week we were suppose to make people aware of the hell Ed patients go through.
Since it is eating disorder awareness, a lot of my ED friends who claim to be in recovery (most of them are in denial) are posting pictures on their Facebook about how the media is the soul cause of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. According to this false theory, eating disorders would be completely nonexistent if models tipped the scales instead looking like emaciated Holocaust victims and obese Barbies infiltrated Toys R Us. What people don’t realize is that eating disorder have been around for centuries, making them not even close to being a modern phenomenon. Have any of you guys heard of St. Catherine of Siena? She lived in medieval Europe and fasted for days on end. She was also known to induce vomiting using a branch from a tree. Back then, these behaviors were known as “Holy Anorexia” and many women participating in this extreme form of self-torture. According to them, they were purifying themselves and becoming closer in unity with God by deliberately denying themselves of food God has blessed his people with. Kind of counter-intuitive if you ask me, but then again we all know that eating disorders are illnesses that defy all logic.
In my opinion, eating disorders are masters of disguise. They are able to find a way to enter innocent people’s lives no matter what time-frame they are in by adapting to the time’s specific culture. Back in medieval days when Ed wanted to destroy the life of a person, the person just claimed she was fasting in order to become more holy. Now people with eating disorders say they starve themselves because they want to be “lean” and “healthy”. In reality though, the reason why they are slowing killing themselves is because they have certain personality traits, genetic factors, and are exposed to specific environmental triggers.
So everyone, please just stop blaming the media and claiming you can stop eating disorders by increasing the fat people we see on TV and in magazines. Sorry but if it were that easy, no one’s body would be buried in a cemetery because they died of severe malnutrition. If you want to actually help people who have eating disorders, start educating people about them in order to help end stereotypes, raise money for eating disorder research, or even start a group to help ED victims begin to walk on the path of recovery. Playing the blame will not cure people now and, I hate to break it to ya, but it NEVER WILL.