BY ASHLEY BROADWATER
Growth is always something to celebrate, don’t get me wrong -- but sometimes the recovery community can do this the wrong way. Although we scream “Your problems are valid! Eating disorders come at all shapes and sizes!”, we seem to contradict this when we post dramatic before and after photos, talk about how horrifically sick we used to be or how little we used to eat and weigh. It’s as if we’re only trying to validate ourselves or act as though destroying ourselves was something to be proud of.
BY RACHEL HOROWITZ
“I’m going to the gym, so I can eat this.”
“That person is way too skinny for me.”
“You look so great! Did you lose weight?”
“You need to put some meat on those bones.”
“Can you believe how many calories are in this sandwich?”
“You eat so much and stay so thin. I wish that I had your genes.”
These are only a few of the fragments that I overhear in conversations. Most of us have heard or said similar phrases before. Some of them may seem like compliments…until we take a second look. It’s a societal norm that throwing around comments and criticism about body weight and shape – especially our own – is fine.