I am an understanding, compassionate person. I will do everything in my power to understand a persons situation and try to never do anything out of ignorance. Im not going to attack vunerable people. Im just against promoting eating dsorders, thinspo, diets (especially abc type restriction rules). I will bever post that. I don’t think anyone should.
Here’s the Lies Pro-Ana groups spread.
1. Its a lifestyle choice
Its glorifying and encouraging an eating disorder. Its making an illness out to be a choice, which for actual suffers is catastrophic, it prevents understanding. You are making it out that there are options, that you can live with this. Every day with an eating disorder needs to be a step towards getting help and recovering.
2.Its not going to affect anyone.
Some studies have suggested 75% of women have disordered eating. Eating disorders have very specific criteria, just because a person doesn’t meet the criteria does not mean you are not triggering. So many people hate their bodies, hate food, think they can control their life with food. and you are encouraging and pushing that view. You could be causing other people to develop an Eating disorder.
3. I’m not sick / mentally ill
It lacks the link of Eating disorders and Mental illness.
Studies have indicated that roughly 50% of those with eating disorders (likely more) meet the criteria for depression. Many go on to be suicidal. People began these crash diets and restricting in order to try and achieve happiness and control in their life, Pro Ana content falsy advertises this. What it doesn’t tell a person is that they will likely become significantly more depressed and more happy with their looks.
On top of that the impact of body dysmorphia is never acknowledged. the fact that a malnourished mind is likely going to loose some grip on reality.
4.Just until I loose a few pounds
It makes people think they can create a body they will live. It makes them think they will be thin. I would quickly tell a person seeking to hold onto anorexia. “you will never be thin” why? Body dysmorphia. Have you ever heard a pro ana person talking about loving their thinness? I haven’t, I have seen scored of malnourished, or emaciated suffers scream and cry about how fat they think they are. Girls on their deathbeds in hospitals, their body unable to sustain them still telling their distraught families “I just want to be thin” Thinspo is a lie. You will be your own harshest critic. An eating disorder will never let you say this is enough. No matter that our body becomes, you will never see it. You will still hate it.
You cannot use self hate to create something you will love.
5. Its my body, I can do what I want.
This is more of a roundabout one. First thing is. No, you can’t not exactly. Sections exist for a reason, and they are enforced because you are deemed mentally unfit to care for yourself. when people are considered mentally ill they can be protected form themselves. Many argue against this. I would counter do you feel the same for suicide. If you had a friend who because suicidal, say in a bipolar high. Would you be fine with letting them? Odds are no. You would want them to be kept safe from themselves in until they are back to themselves. Even in countries where people have the right to die in cases of terminal illness, a huge amount on emphasis is placed on ensuring they re n the right mind. Many people expect mental illness to look like a violent psychotic episode, but it doesn’t depressed people often talk about having delusional beliefs and irrational self hatred at their worst times. You can be completely irrational, and still believe you are just making rational logical choices based on what you see before you. Suicidal, self harming behaviour though, is not indicative of a healthy, clear thinking human.
As well as that, no one exists in a vacuum. Everyone needs to realise they can’t do anything in this world without affecting people around you. Family and friends suffer greatly, especially to see a loved one actively commit to causing their own ill health. No amount of ‘but I want to’ will reduce their pain.
You will not always be in the same mindset, or be the same person you will be now You have a future self who likely, is not going to like what you’ve done. Many of those who survive go on to life with the bodily effects they caused themselves. Osteoporosis, infertility, heart and liver damage. etc.
Generally, it in inhumane to let a person damage themselves permanently when they are not in their right mind.
6. I don’t think it will kill me.
Tragically I see this one a lot. Many folks actively to discuss trying to use an ED as a means of suicide. In which case I refer to previous point. But also I see a lot who seem in be in a typical teenage I’m invincible mindset. For many its that they have been doing this so long they think what they were told about death was just scare tactics. They don’t believe it anymore. They fail to realise that dying actually takes a pretty long time. and if you’re body has just one job, it would be to not die. So yeah, you are going to hang in there despite doing all the wrong things, This does not mean you can’t won’t die. You just got lucky.Your body will fight against your own attempts until it has nothing left to give, or something just overcomes it. Some people could be bedridden and hold on for weeks, others could look healthy and drop dead of a heart attack. You don’t know, you can’t rely on that. You are still playing with life and death, and its your parents who suffer picking out your coffin, because you simply didn’t care enough about living.
7. This is me expressing myself
There are other ways to express yourself. Know that unless you’ve responcibly put a blog on private settings, pretty much everything you do on tumblr is for the attention of others. When you reblog diets and thinspo you need to be aware you are passing that on and making it visible on your followers dash, whether they want to see it or not. Artsy photos of emaciated people with messages equating the illness with strength and control is promoting the disordered beliefs to those who may not yet me immersed in the disorder, those who may be vulnerable. Every reblog widens an audience and you have to accept responsibility for who its exposed to. Maybe you think its ok for people such as yourself, but would you feel comfortable with a 10 year old seeing your blog? You have no control over where these messages go once you put it out there. Im not against all expressions of feelings. But be responsible when possibly spreading negative thinking.
Make blogs private.
Don’t use tags.
Only post triggering feelings in text form.
Use a *read more* on triggering posts.
or just don’t reblog it.