Nothing bothers me more than people reblogging my pro-recovery posts with pro-ed commentary. Recovery is a fragile thing, and it takes a lot of courage to write posts that rebuke my eating disordered thoughts. The last thing I want is for my post to go viral in the pro-ana butterfly community.
It was written in the spirit of love. Make your own post.
please read or pass along to your followers or add if you have any experience with this
Nobody ever talks about this but it’s very easy to develop disordered eating or an eating disorder in college because you no longer have your parents monitoring what you’re eating and you spend more of your time alone. Diet culture is still prevalent despite efforts of the body positivity movement. Even if it’s not motivated by diet culture, some people realize that food intake is an easy thing to control in life and that soothes them so they develop a deadly/unstable relationship with food.
I was so afraid of gaining weight as a freshmen that I stopped eating. Second semester everything was falling apart so I began extreme bingeing.
Know that more important than your weight is your health. Watch out for yourself and for your friends and make sure your environment is one that encourages a positive relationship with food.
One way to approach a friend who you’re worried about, who seems to be developing a disorder, is to simply say “wouldn’t your life be easier if you didn’t have to think about this all the time? there are some people who can help with that if it ever gets too much”
Look at how you’re handling food - do you think about it constantly? how regularly do you eat? what are your portion sizes? DONT COUNT CALORIES.
Also, know your campus, know your resources, know if you have nutritionists available or if you can take a health leave of absence if possible.
These are all tips to keep yourselves safe - please take care of yourselves.