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Body Positivity is a radical political movement that helps to break down the oppressive systems that keep bodies marginalised.
Body Confidence is the freedom to feel good in my body. To wear beautiful clothes that I enjoy regardless of how they look or the perceived rules around wearing them. To find joy in wearing as much red lipstick as I choose, or going bare faced, but feeling equally as confident in either. To add awesome red trainers to every outfit because I adore them, they're comfy, I can just about walk in them, and did I mention how hella cute I look?? I am an activist in a political movement. But I am also a woman indulging in a new found body confidence, finally enjoying all the things that once struck fear into my heart.
Some days I can't put a bra on without being triggered, ending up sobbing in the bathroom clutching my PJs and thanking God I don't have to leave the house. But more than ever, I feel a pride in my body that means it doesn't matter what I'm wearing, PJs, shirts with fairground horses on or just my own skin!
Woman. Activist. Body confidence convert. Powerful. Adorable.

Many of you know I am very much against eating disorder recovery comparison photos (sick/low weight vs. in recovery). I still very much believe in my #BoycottTheBefore campaign. I think we all need to be mindful and aware of the photos we share - for many reasons. Some being that the "sick vs. recovered" narrative can be very dangerous as it only shows progress with weight. We all know that weight is not the one and only (and sometimes never) the deciding factor if someone is struggling or not. The public still does not know all the facts, so there is that piece that we need to be careful of when spreading awareness. And this also plays into validating our illness. You have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else. How you looked then or now or in the future does not dictate if you deserve help or not. Your struggles are valid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anyways, I wanted to preface this post with all of that because I was a lower weight in these photos. I was in more solid recovery at the time though. This was from summer of 2011 I believe. And that summer my friend and I met some people our age who were at the beach spreading the word of their church and their beliefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was that week at the beach I started believing in something bigger than me. It was that week I found hope. I wasn't rid of my bulimia and other struggles. But I did find more meaning and purpose in my life. I never want to push my beliefs on others. You have the freedom to believe in what you do. I just wanted to share this because this is the day I found God. Though I owe a lot of my progress to my friends and supports, and to myself as well, He carried me through. He was always there, and always will be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can assure you this post has nothing to do with my lower weight photos - it has everything to do with the fun week I had with my friend and being able to not restrict or purge for that month. It was a week I felt truly connected to my faith. I felt free. I felt like I found purpose. And those memories I will always hold close to my heart.

In honor of #NedaAwarnessWeek, @neda Ambassador and body-positive girl boss, @iskra, joins the #Boycottthebefore movement to help shed light on eating disorders and recovery.
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"I myself have felt the pressure to post before and after pics to validate that I too suffered... but that's not right. We do not need to prove that we struggled, we do not need to feel like anyone may have struggled more or less because maybe there before and after photos aren't as "dramatic". It's not even about that, it's always about how far you've come so @boycottthebefore is here to celebrate YOU right now! To celebrate how far you've come and maybe how far you still have to go - there is no perfect recovery & everyones is completely unique." - iskra
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Day 16 of @omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp is #boycottthebefore.
On the left I am a girl in the midst of depression and self loathing. I'm younger, several stone lighter, and by all social standards, healthier. On the right I'm a woman who knows who she is, and loves herself unconditionally for it. I'm a survivor of mental illness, a force to be reckoned with, but by all social standards I am less healthy.
Society says that the girl on the left has greater worth than the woman on the right. Society would prefer of I was thin and depressed than fat and happy. Society sees my transformation as a negative one, because I put on weight.
Because at the end of the day, being thin is all that matters right?

#transformationtuesday and #nationaleatingdisorderawarenessweek and I'm here to bring you only the AFTER picture. I've posted many before and after compositions, but looking at the before photo hasn't helped me, or anyone else. "I'm worth more than the 'before' photo." #boycottthebefore

I'm so much more than a "before" picture.
#boycottthebefore #recoverywarrior #recoveryisworthit #recoveryjourney

Say hello to Lara! My beautiful #wcw 😍 I have been following her for what feels like forever, and I'm so happy that instagram brought me to her. 👯 She is inspiring, and real; and has the biggest and cutest dog in the world. 😂🐶 This post that she made is SPOT ON. Please take the time to read it and check out her Instagram. Who doesn't love following a badass, gorgeous woman?? 🤔🤔🤔 #Repost @larapro4 with @repostapp
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I've noticed there's a #BoycottTheBefore movement going on and I wanted to add my two cents on the topic. I understand the reason for it, but I also can see the other side as well. When I post my "before and after" pictures, I'm not simply posting it because I'm smaller. It's deeper than that. The girl in the before photo isn't less of a person. I wasn't ugly. I wasn't fat. I wasn't necessarily an unhealthy person, but I'll admit I wasn't treating my body the way it deserved. It wasn't about the number on the scale or how I carried a little extra fat. I always felt sluggish. I would waste days away being hungover. I lacked confidence. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin.
I'm still the same girl in the picture on the right, but I've decided to make my mental and physical health my number one priority. I don't drink as much. I don't eat as much processed foods. I'm more active than ever before. I get up early and feel energized. I sleep well at night. I'm passionate about this lifestyle and how it makes me feel. My intention with these pictures is never to make someone feel like losing weight is the only way to be happy and love yourself. I'm a firm believer in all bodies are beautiful. Every persons journey is different and it all comes down to finding what makes you happy. ❤❤❤

Day 16 of @omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp featuring my pup Theia in the background 🐶

#BOYCOTTTHEBEFORE is a movement to raise awareness to the fact that eating disorders can look SO different.
ED's do not discriminate. They can impact anyone no matter shape, size, gender, race. The typical before and after photo for ED recovery is meant to show that someone has recovered and is healthy with restored weight. This perpetuates the stigma around those who live with an ED in a larger body.
But the true before and after is the mental and lifestyle shift that occurs. There's SO much more to ED recovery than how one looks.
My ED recovery brought:
✨Self love and care ✨The ability to feel and experience my emotions ✨Enjoying being alive ✨Feeling connected to my true self ✨Developing healthy and loving relationships ✨The ability to set boundaries and care for my needs ✨The list goes on... I am SO much more than a "before" photon

chub appreciation post. in honor of #nedawareness #nedaweek love your skin, even the extra 💕eating disorders are real & it's important to spread the awareness. if you know anyone who may be struggling with one, reach out to them, support them & get them help. don't let your eating disorder define your life. you are more than words & numbers. appreciate & love the beautiful body & soul you were blessed with. 💪🏼 #BoycottTheBefore

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Many of you know I am very much against eating disorder recovery comparison photos (sick/low weight vs. in recovery). I still very much believe in my #BoycottTheBefore campaign. I think we all need to be mindful and aware of the photos we share - for many reasons. Some being that the "sick vs. recovered" narrative can be very dangerous as it only shows progress with weight. We all know that weight is not the one and only (and sometimes never) the deciding factor if someone is struggling or not. The public still does not know all the facts, so there is that piece that we need to be careful of when spreading awareness. And this also plays into validating our illness. You have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else. How you looked then or now or in the future does not dictate if you deserve help or not. Your struggles are valid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anyways, I wanted to preface this post with all of that because I was a lower weight in these photos. I was in more solid recovery at the time though. This was from summer of 2011 I believe. And that summer my friend and I met some people our age who were at the beach spreading the word of their church and their beliefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was that week at the beach I started believing in something bigger than me. It was that week I found hope. I wasn't rid of my bulimia and other struggles. But I did find more meaning and purpose in my life. I never want to push my beliefs on others. You have the freedom to believe in what you do. I just wanted to share this because this is the day I found God. Though I owe a lot of my progress to my friends and supports, and to myself as well, He carried me through. He was always there, and always will be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can assure you this post has nothing to do with my lower weight photos - it has everything to do with the fun week I had with my friend and being able to not restrict or purge for that month. It was a week I felt truly connected to my faith. I felt free. I felt like I found purpose. And those memories I will always hold close to my heart.

I do my best to keep my body & mind impervious to the bullshit we are surrounded by. We cause harm, often without realising. Fly away comments about our own bodies permeate into the minds of those around us without realisation. Because if you would be prepared to speak so viciously about your body, how must you feel about mine?
The sad truth is that people are willing to share the most disgusting thoughts about my body & have done just that. They talk about me as though I am devoid of humanity. As though my body makes me worthless as a person. But these people have been poisoned. They've been fed a lie about bodies their whole lives. We've not just accepted it, we've perpetrated it. Every time we point out the 'flaw' in our selves, when we discuss in detail which diet we plan to 'do' next, buy magazines full of reprehensible comments about women's bodies or use word like 'fat' as an insult or as a synonym for lazy, ugly, worthless. We have filled our lives with a poison so potent that it has killed off our ability to reason, to see clearly or to think critically.
But we are waking.
We are conscious for the first time in years thanks to the work of political fat women who refused to keep quiet about the coma we'd slipped into.
Body Positivity is an antidote. It is a cure to the toxic nature of diet culture & fat phobia. That's why we fight to protect it. So that it can grow & nourish people who would otherwise still be hooked on a drug that is sucking the joy out of life, leaving them exhausted, hopeless, even dangerously unwell.
It might seem petty or pointless to consistently discuss hashtags, visibility and intersectionality, but without those things we leave people stuck in the turmoil of self loathing.
Body Positivity leaves me steadfast in my politics. Body confidence gives me the freedom to express that with these images, regardless of what those still deep in that coma might write underneath them.

Another reason photos of low weight bodies and explicit details of relapse can prevent someone else from seeking help. (via @likethebigbluesea ) #edrecovery #beforeandafter #transformationtuesday #boycottthebefore

Accepting other people's criticism isn't that easy.
Sometimes you'd love to be someone else. Or at least you might think it would be pleasant.
Sometimes you'd love to be that girl on TV screen or in the magazines, skinny and sexy, and so fuckin' unreal - I don't.
Don't sacrifice a part of yourself just to be another one, cause you might lose something else - honesty, good health, or even friends ?
Don't ruin yourself. Don't ruin your body and mind believing that you'll be happier and things will be easier AFTER.
Life isn't about how much you weigh or how many people call you "sexy". You're so much more than a body. Realising this fact is where respect begins.
Enjoy your own life, your own body and your own way of thinking as long as it can make you happy.
And think twice before doing something stupid. Your life isn't in other people's hands & eyes.

#eatingdisorder #ed #anorexia #body #mind #healthy #France #girl #happy #happiness #dontbestupid #live #love #life #alive #behappy #enjoy #today #friendship #home #eyes #face #hands #inyourhands #boycottthebefore #ruin #beyourself #you #blackandwhite #girlfromfrance

I wanted to acknowledge with this writing that I'm stepping out of the Body Positive movement. I feel like my morals and what I believe in clashes with the political aspect of BoPo. I personally see expressing anger as it arises as unhealthy and dangerous at times. I also am a kind and gentle person. And while a kind and gentle person can be in the BoPo movement, I don't think it's my place anymore. I also realize there are unfair stereotypes here in society that people are trying to disprove, such as "black women shouldn't be angry" and "women should be gentle and kind and smile". Those are wrong. 100% wrong. I personally enjoy being effective and mindful of my emotions, so I don't act on a whim; I process and then speak/act when I am feel I'm more in my wise mind. But, I do see how what I believe in clashes with what the movement tries to do. And it's not an issue of fault; it just is what it is.
To be honest, I don't think this movement ever was "my place". I've met some incredible people here, and I will continue to root you guys on, as well as diversify my feed, but it's too much for me emotionally, mentally and spiritually to take on the task of being critiqued and called out so often. I think those things come with the territory, so I don't see it as anyone's fault. Once again, it just is what it is.
So right now I am choosing redefine myself. I am labeling myself as someone who promotes self love and self care.
I'm also thinking about the different communities I've been in right now and I just don't think the BoPo community has ever been good to me. And I think that's saying a lot. I'm so proud of the work I've done with #BoycottTheBefore and #HighlightMyReal and really, those movements pertained only to the eating disorder recovery community and mental health community. So I think I belong there and I believe I can continue doing more effective work there. I don't see this as anyone's fault. And I don't think I'm weak or not strong enough for stepping down. It's just time to accept that this movement's approach may not be for me. And that's okay. So here's to a new chapter. Here's to self love. 🙌❤️

Woman - personal
Feminist - political
Impaired person - personal
Disabled Person - political
deaf - personal
Deaf - political
Immigrant - personal
Asylum seeker - political
Gay/lesbian - personal
LGBT activist - political

BODY CONFIDENT - personal
BODY POSITIVE - political

It's okay to have the personal without the political. Lots of people with impairments aren't part of the Disabled people's movement, that doesn't mean to say they aren't proud of who they are. Lots of women aren't feminists, that doesn't mean they are against equality. Lots of people love in different ways but aren't out with Stonewall fighting for the freedom of other LGBT people, that isn't to say they don't want their love acknowledged in the same way as others.

There is no judgement. You don't have to do both. We CAN all 'lift each other up', we can all be part of a community, we can sit in the joys of self acceptance and self love and body confidence we are not rivals, not fighting against one another. There is no anger here, just sadness that that the voices who started the political movement are being blocked by voices born already on a platform.

The fat women who didn't have a platform, got on their fucking knees and started building from the ground up. They came together and fought for a place on a stage where their message could be heard, and we've started to dismantle that.
It's no ones fault that some bodies come with mega phones, we live in a world where thin white women just have a platform. You're privilege isn't pushing people off the stage, but it is blocking them from reaching the mic.
For me, and many others, loving my disabled, queer body isn't just about body confidence. It's political. And that means fighting for a spot on a stage that at the moment is full.
You have every right to be at the show. Be in the audience. Sing along. Be a fan. But don't storm the stage.

Hey guys! Sorry I abandoned this account for a bit! I believe I'll pick it back up for #NEDAwarenessWeek next year. Thank you for the continued support with #BoycottTheBefore Your stories and words empower and inspire me every day ✊️💜

#bedenolumlamahareketi cinsiyet bağımsızdır. toplumsal baskı, ideal olana ulaşmak için kadınlar kadar olmasa dahi erkeklere de uygulanmaktadır. @positivitypoppa kendini 'erkek beden olumlama aktivisti' olarak tanımlıyor.

The body positive community isn’t a club. But it IS a political movement, & it is (&should remain) rooted in fat activism. Think of it like this,

You came to me. 'I want to be involved in disability rights'. Amazing, come in, there is space for you to be my ALLY. Once you have space for your self, you would ask, 'what can I do to be the best ALLY to you'? Good question, here is a few things you need to know in.

1. Educate your self. Disability rights has a long history, you should know it, not only that but there are different schools of thoughts, you should read them too.
2. Listen to disabled people. If we ask you to use different language or suggest you learn something, do it. Fundamentally we are the leaders here & you should do your best to stand with us on all things, deferring to us if you are unsure or don’t feel able to speak on a subject.
3. Do not speak over us. Disabled people have voices. We had to FIGHT for them. We came together when it felt impossible & found a strength that had been assumed we didn’t contain nor deserved. We stand together & shout about the shit we encounter daily. Don’t EVER take that from us. Don’t ever think you know better, think you have a right to move the furniture or to answer questions on subjects you have no lived experience of. You will & should never be the face of the movement, it is imperative that you remain firm in a supportive roll, constantly being fierce & raising our voices.

Now, replace disabled with fat. Or even fat women. Because those fucking bad ass women started this. We just got invited to the party. Only now we are (and I say we, because I am not considered a fat woman by societies standards) are getting our selves all over excited & shouting about our rights when this wasn’t our party in the first place.
Are you actually an ally? Are you truly in the body positive movement, or are you just looking for your own body confidence? You need to decide because you're discuss things that you don’t understand, sharing information that isn’t accurate, using hashtags that weren’t meant for you & your polluting all the incredible work that’s been done before you.

Here's your #transformationtuesday reminder lads! Before and after photos are pointless at best, and incredibly harmful at worst. In the end, your weight loss and weight gain show nothing of your disorder: they don't show the struggles you've faced mentally, they don't show how you dealt with and overcame those struggles, and they invalidate those who have never lost or gained a significant amount during their eating disorder, and those who may have gained weight back due to disordered habits like binging. Your weight is not your trophy for being ill nor recovering. Your trophy is the life you have chosen to lead afterwards, the life you have fought to get back. This is a pointless collage of me smiling while anorexic, juxtapositioned next to an old photo of me at a healthy weight from my last recovery attempt, to demonstrate that no photo will ever show your mental struggles through 'the light in your eyes' so quit it with that bullshit. Awareness isn't raised through a humblebrag about how little you were eating and how big your thigh gap was, only stigma. #boycottthebefore #transformationtuesdays #anorexiarecovery #neda #eatingdisorderrecovery

Hair cut and dyed, eyelashes ready, painted nails and catching up on dramas before HOLIDAY BEGINS TOMORROW
I'm so excited to get away for a week with my best friend and enjoy the sun & relax.
The support and messages in this community is getting me mentally prepared to embrace my beach body. Because my body is already beach body ready. This week I'm ready to step out in my swimming costume and enjoy the sunshine 🌞 life isn't about aiming to fit an ideal beauty, it's about learning to love who you are and enjoying every moment of life.
You are beautiful, strong and amazing just the way you are.
#loveyourself #bodypositive #bodypositivity #boycottthebefore #mybadassbody #embracelove #eliminategirlhate #effyourbodystandards #EmbracetheSquish #effyourbeautystandards #heretotakeupspace #a#spreadlove #selflove #chooselove #nowrongway

I was thinking about my success with #BoycottTheBefore today. I told my therapist a couple weeks ago I was worried that movement would be my peak, and like I would never be able to do something impactful ever again. I have to fight back against that doubt every day. And some days, like today, I'm ok, but this stupid memory of a teacher I had years ago in high school comes to mind - I was 17 years old, naive and believed in the good of people. I dreamt big. I had started writing a book back then. One day I asked for help from an English teacher I had and when he asked me what it was and I said, "I'm writing a book", he laughed hysterically at me for a good 5 minutes. I just smiled weakly and walked away after what felt like forever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I still doubt myself because of that ridiculous moment and I think about it every now and then when I go to publish a blog post. I know I'll never be Mr. Woods (whew! Name drop, I know!! But does it look like I care!) but wow, I wish I could just understand how people can be so cold. It's scary. And I think about how if I was mocked about something I was just passionate about, I can only imagine how many others have questioned their dreams because of people like that. There will always be those who mock you and don't believe in you. So look towards the people who care. And hang onto their words. That bad interaction I had wasn't life shattering. But it was eye-opening. I don't know where I'll end up job wise, but whatever I do, I won't ever turn my back on those who need help, or even some reassurance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you have big dreams, chase them. And never lose hope. I may never publish a book. The book was never the point. The point is that I have a big heart and want to help others. I know I can't change the world. Changing the world was never the point either. The point is that whatever I put into the world, my goal is for it to be good. Hoping to change this world isn't bad; it motivates me every day to continue encouraging and uplifting others. So here's to being who we are at heart and choosing to be the light, even when the bad seems to overshadow our hope. ✊️

When I spoke about feeling sexy, I didn't tell you everything.
If you didn't see my previous post, I spoke about how disabled people just don't get considered sexy. And they don't. It's harder for us to navigate sex and sexuality. Often the only intimate touch we experience is that of medical professionals or those performing care tasks.
I married last year, my wife is also a disabled person and I feel so fortunate to have someone who not only understands but actually shares my experiences.
But in the year we've been married, I've hardly been able to participate in a sexual relationship. My eating disorder has taken so much from me and that includes my sex drive.

At the peak of my eating disorder, I couldn't bear to be touched. I hated anyone touching me. And the thought of having sex, or being touched in a sexual way just made me want to cry. I couldn't explain the physiology behind this, but starvation changed my brain in ways that made me almost unrecognisable.
Having previously enjoyed a full and passionate sex life, it was heart breaking to watch my new wife worry about why I didn't want to indulge in her beautiful body.
My periods are yet to return, and along side that, my sex drive is yet to fully reappear. The level of comfort I feel in my body is improving daily, and I find so much more joy in touch than in recent years. But it's really scary and lonely when you can't be near people whilst so desperately craving reassurance and comfort from those you love.
If you are struggling in your body. If sex is a confusing and difficult subject for you - YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
You are still beautiful, still worthy, still important, still entitled to a sexuality, still entitled to enjoy your body & still a woman.
I am stood with you x

Couldn't agree with this more! 👏👏👏 #Repost @recovery.rant (@get_repost)
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Why am I not surprised that "World Eating Disorders Day" brought on an avalanche of low weight photos on the recovery tags? I'm sorry but not sorry: Posting low weight photos is a giant "fuck you" to the entire eating disorder community as a whole, because you're choosing to validate your illness by triggering other eating disorder sufferers AND perpetuating a very dangerous, very harmful misconception, to the general public but also to recovery community, that weight can indicate the severity of someone's illness.
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These statements are my opinion, but my opinion is also based on facts, and the facts are that most eating disorder sufferers are not underweight and therefore are unlikely to seek help after repeatedly seeing severely underweight body being presented as "before" recovery. Hence the reason that OSFED has the highest mortality rate of all eating disorders. Congrats on contributing to that statistic.
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And I don't care how many disclaimers you write in your caption; the harm is still being done, regardless, and you can pretend that you care about other people and that you just want to "show the light in your eyes," but if you really cared about hurting someone else, you wouldn't post those pictures. More importantly, if you really and truly didn't believe that weight determines illness, as I'm sure you mention over and over in your caption, you wouldn't post those photos either. --
An important aspect of recovery is using your words and not your body to express pain and anger and sadness. The fact that someone is still using a low weight photo to express pain and misery says that recovery is still an ongoing process for the person.
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P. S. I will block, report, and unfollow anyone that I see who does this shit. I do not have the tolerance to see someone choosing to hurt someone else.
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#edrecovery #anrecovery #boycottthebefore #worldeatingdisordersactionday #worldeatingdisordersday #gainingweightiscool #goodmorning #timetorant

Why am I not surprised that "World Eating Disorders Day" brought on an avalanche of low weight photos on the recovery tags? I'm sorry but not sorry: Posting low weight photos is a giant "fuck you" to the entire eating disorder community as a whole, because you're choosing to validate your illness by triggering other eating disorder sufferers AND perpetuating a very dangerous, very harmful misconception, to the general public but also to recovery community, that weight can indicate the severity of someone's illness.
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These statements are my opinion, but my opinion is also based on facts, and the facts are that most eating disorder sufferers are not underweight and therefore are unlikely to seek help after repeatedly seeing severely underweight body being presented as "before" recovery. Hence the reason that OSFED has the highest mortality rate of all eating disorders. Congrats on contributing to that statistic.
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And I don't care how many disclaimers you write in your caption; the harm is still being done, regardless, and you can pretend that you care about other people and that you just want to "show the light in your eyes," but if you really cared about hurting someone else, you wouldn't post those pictures. More importantly, if you really and truly didn't believe that weight determines illness, as I'm sure you mention over and over in your caption, you wouldn't post those photos either. --
An important aspect of recovery is using your words and not your body to express pain and anger and sadness. The fact that someone is still using a low weight photo to express pain and misery says that recovery is still an ongoing process for the person.
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P. S. I will block, report, and unfollow anyone that I see who does this shit. I do not have the tolerance to see someone choosing to hurt someone else.
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#edrecovery #anrecovery #boycottthebefore #worldeatingdisordersactionday #worldeatingdisordersday #gainingweightiscool #goodmorning #timetorant

Self expression is such a privilege. Being able to decide how I express my gender, my sexuality, my emotions, my overall personality.. but diet culture has had his hands around the neck of my self expression for decades. I always felt too fat, too old, too fucking something to wear what I wanted and to feel confident doing it.
I used to think that women reached an age where they 'gave up', because that's what the media told me when women were snapped wearing whatever the hell they wanted, and I used to feel sorry for them. Now, of course, I realise they didn't give up on themselves, they gave up on impossible beauty standards and started respecting their own sense of style - regardless of what other people thought about it.
Fat women shouldn't wear crop tops. Big busted women shouldn't wear bold patterns. Pale women shouldn't wear bright colours.
Heals, flats, make up, no make up, statement jewellery, facial piercing, no bra; short skirt, no bloody knickers!? Doesn't matter. You do you and let others worry about them selves.
Don't judge your self, don't hold your self to standards YOU didn't set. Enjoy your body, enjoy your style. Be confident, be bold. You'll always be important, always be worthy and always radiate the confidence from within!

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