TW: EDs, ED behaviours
When you look at me, do you think, "hey, she probably has anorexia"?
Or any eating disorder for that matter?
If you knew what I looked like 3 years ago (when I was heavily restricting, over exercising and purging), does your answer change?
My guess is no. I am thin & I was almost 20 lbs thinner back then, but I've never looked like what the media deems as "sick enough" to have an ED.
This really sucks because not only do I have a LIFE THREATENING disorder but I feel like I have to "prove" it to myself and those around me (which encourages my ED behaviours).
The @fearlesslyfaceless campaign nails how I've been feeling lately with conversation around EDs in the media and movies like To the Bone.
When we restrict our perceptions of EDs to a specific race, religion, weight, height, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc., we tell anyone else that is struggling that they aren't sick enough/ worthy of treatment and this NEEDS to STOP ✋🏼
ED sufferers do not have a "look". It is impossible to assign a "face" to an illness that is diagnosed based on behaviours.
I choose to be faceless in this post to make the point that I do not have to "look sick" to be sick.
I live with an eating disorder & I am #fearlesslyfaceless.