tell me what the hell does anorexic look like? does it look like a rich, teenage girl, primly picking at a small bowl of shredded lettuce with her perfectly manicured nails, wearing her boyfriend's oversized shirt and her cutest panties? does it look like a starving skeleton in a hospital bed with a feeding tube and an IV drip? the answer is yes. yes it can look like that. but it can also look like a teenage guy. it can look like the child of a poor family who struggles to bring food onto the table everyday already. it can look like an adult woman or man. it can look like an overweight person. it can look like an obese person. it can look like an average person. it can look like anyone; your neighbour, your best friend, your teacher. anorexia is not defined by the rib, hip, and collar bones poking through the skin. it is not defined by the weight. but often it is only recognized by it. and by then it might be too late. weight loss is not the disease; it's the symptom. the disorder is how the person feels about themselves. it is not defined by how that person looks. if more people understood this then maybe this very dangerous disorder could be recognized sooner and lives could be saved. do not judge a person and say that they can't have an eating disorder because they're not skinny enough. eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the people suffering from them.