I’m going to tell you right now that there will not be a recipe accompanying this post but I will write it nonetheless. There has been something weighing on my heart very heavily lately and I feel like it is finally time to talk about it.
A few of you may know but I’m sure many do not. I struggled with an eating disorder last year and now I have had multiple friends who have also struggled. Now, I love food and eating as much as the next person (or probably more) but I’m going to take a break from that for today to bring some attention to a very underrepresented topic.
To begin with, eating disorders are so much more than JUST EATING. It’s at least 90% mental and cannot be overcome without lots and lots of help. It’s a miserable cycle of wanting to eat, beating yourself up, not wanting to eat, hating your body, jealousy, and pain. These unhealthy body images are what make up an eating disorder not necessarily “looking anorexic”. If you or a loved one starts having these feelings, the immediate thing to do is seek help before it’s too late. I know for a fact that the further in you get, the harder it is to come back out of that cycle. I know that nothing I say right now will make a difference today because it’s a long process but to anyone reading: You are so much more than your body! Do you make friends easily? Do you have a cool talent that few others have? Are you a dedicated student? Do you care fiercely about your friends and family? These are the things that are important and will get you far in life not your clothing size.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to seek help let me tell you what you’re doing to your body no matter how much it may seem “right”. After taking AP Bio, I have learned that food is EVERYTHING. 1. Without eating, you have no carbs or fats for your body to break down so it will begin breaking down your proteins such as muscles and hair follicles. 2. The amino acids used to replicate every protein in your body (such as ones you break down while working out) come through food so your body is not able to repair itself (and get stronger) without food. 3. Also, your body needs approx. 1,500 calories a day just to function regardless of activity level.
Although eating disorders are sometimes, although rarely, developed for attention, the sufferer is not the one to blame. Our society valuing weight (or lack thereof) is to blame. Yes, being at a healthy weight is important but the pressure put on many young girls (even subconsciously) is atrocious. It was terrifying to me when I was at a playground this afternoon and a 6 year old girl’s first response to a game was “what a workout”. Here is the root of our eating disorders: we spend too much time telling girls to worry about their appearances, especially weight, rather than having fun and doing what they enjoy.
My goal here is just to bring some attention to this topic and if I could help at least one person then this post served its purpose. I would be more than happy to discuss this matter with anyone who wants to talk and I will provide more info about my struggle if you would like. Have a great evening guys and remember to take care of yourselves!