Saturday, 14 September 2013

Understanding Mental Health - Eating Disorders


So a few days ago I did a "Time to Change" related post and this is the second post in my series of mental health posts. A huge part of the Time to Change campaign is that you don't have to be an expert to talk about mental health, so here goes.

These are my top five eating disorders comments that annoy me:

1. But I've Seen Them Eat

Well yes, you may have seen them eat but that does not mean that they do not have an eating disorder. You have to eat to stay alive, so providing they are alive which I am assuming they are, yes, they will be eating

2. It's a Vanity Thing

It is quite clearly not a vanity thing, when you think it through properly vanity isn't even in the same post code as eating disorder. Why if it is all about vanity are these people with eating disorders somewhat shunned or forgotten about; if it was vanity they would be flaunty their bodies all over the shop; when reality in an eating disorder such as anorexia there is a huge amount of concealment. Both social concealment; body concealment

3. They're Sizest

Being sizest implies you are preaching dislike for a size that is not your own. Correct me if I'm wrong but if you have an eating disorder more often than not you WILL NOT want to discuss appearance. AND it is not other people's bodies you are having difficulties with; it is your own. Have a little tact when accusing people of being sizest; people are fighting big hard battles with themselves never mind starting a fight with others.

4. Just Eat Something

Bloody hell if it was that easily done do you not think it would have been done?! Someone breaks their leg do you tell them to walk on it? No, so why should this be any different? Support them just the way you would support someone physically poorly; they deserve it! Throwaway comments such as "just eat something" aren't really going to help the situation for anyone.

5. It's Self Inflicted

SERIOUSLY?! What is this lunacy?! SELF INFLICTED?!?!?!?!? Did you ask for the flu you got in winter? Or that allergy you had to strawberries? Or the fact you've had asthma from infancy? NO. So why is it suggested so often that people with eating disorders asked for them? Eating disorders are horrendously traumatic, nobody would want it for themselves? They are both physically and mentally destroying in every way possible; they are disorders not to be wished upon even your worst enemy.

I could go on forever on this topic, these are just a few things I've heard being thrown around.

Hannah :) x


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