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Comparison, Competition, and Eating Disorders

Comparison, Competition, and Eating Disorders

One of the most exhausting things about having an eating disorder is the non-stop racket in your brain. And while some of that chatter is about calories, food, and exercise – a lot of it is how you compare with other people.

Is s/he skinnier than I am? She’s eating a salad – she must think I’m so fat for eating a sandwich. So-and-so used to spend X hours at the gym – I only spent Y.

More than anything, I just wanted my brain to shut up.

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The Glamorization of Eating Disorders

The Glamorization of Eating Disorders

Who doesn’t remember the pictures of a fragile and wan-looking Mary Kate Olsen, draped in a pale lavender gown as she and her twin, Ashley Olsen, received their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The majority of people saw a young woman on the edge of death; clearly too thin, bones protruding.

Then there are those of us who were enmeshed in our eating disorders. We saw a gorgeous young woman; someone to aspire to be like.

Therein lies the dangers of the media.

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