Do me a favour. Go on deviantart. Now search thinspiration. Now tell me WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?????
Just... why? It's like they all WANT to be anorexic. That's not a good thing! Please tell me it's not just me who's disturbed.
(note, I didn't look this up beforehand, I know what thinspiration is.)
There is a community called "Pro-ana." People who belong to this community think that anorexia is a lifestyle--which is a complete dillusion! So yes, you're right, these people WANT to be anorexic. Or at least that's what they say. It's horrible that people believe that a disease is a lifestyle. It's like someone saying "It's not cancer, it's a stylish lump!" or something (bad metaphor, sorry).
side note: Some people who are genuinely sick use thinspiration to "inspire" themselves to get thinner. It's horrible that some people's life "choices" effect others so much. And it's also horrible that anyone would think that having an eating disorder would be fun or whatever they're thinking.
IT AIN'T HEALTHY OAO I was looking through comments and there was a person who was like, "I need an ana-buddy!" like, Dafaq???!?
I know it isn't. :/ It's sad and I wish that no one had to be sick or think that they aren't when they are. I've seen a lot of thinspiration websites too, where people share how to starve "safely." It's ridiculous.
e.e; That is like, so freaking contradictory. How do you starve safely? You're depriving yourself of food which is a LIFE NECESSITY.
Thinspiration is real and so is mental illness. I don't know WHAT pushes girls to participate in pro-ana or pro-mia or thinspiration involvement. No matter whether they have a diagnosable eating disorder yet or not, they are mentally ill and have very distorted thinking.
There are many more HEALTHY ways to get about being fit, but starving yourself or forcing yourself to throw up after "inspiring" yourself with pictures of extremely thin women or pro-ED quotes is NOT OKAY. Eating disorders are NOT glamorous.
You know how you may see in movies that when a girl makes herself throw up, she daintily puts a finger down her throat and still has her make-up and hair intact when she's done? SOOO not accurate. In reality, after you purge, your face is red, your eyes are likely bloodshot, you have saliva and snot all over your face, your hair is a mess, and you'll likely have bite marks on your hand from sticking your finger down your throat.
I could rant on and on about this, but this is just a subject I feel strongly about
^ Agreed with ALL OF THIS.
I agree with you too, FaeNotMyName, but I also have to point out that being "fit" isn't the only reason that people develop eating disorders and eating disorders shouldn't be generalized like that.
Oh no no no! I didn't mean it that way at all. Trust me, I know what you mean, if you get what I mean.
No, there are many things that trigger an eating disorder in an individual, and even more that perpetuate it. I'm sorry that something I said gave you the wrong impression
That's okay, easy mistake.
It's awful... people like this don't understand the diffrence between wanting to be skinny and having a mental illness that stays with you forever.
I HATE eating disorders so much. It's so sad. I don't think I'd call it a mental illness, exactly, though. There is definitely something wrong, but it's not a disease.
Another thing that's pretty awful: when people practically promote eating disorders, body image issues, and other unhealthy things like that without even knowing what they are doing. And then you don't want to tell them exactly what they are doing because you're afraid that they'll either feel horrible about it, mock you for admitting that it got to you, or just forget by next week and keep on doing it.
Aeliss: Trying really hard not to be rude here, but if it's not a mental illness, then what is it? Are you suggesting that people starve themselves on purpose? Eating disorders are kind of like addictions--once you start it's hard to stop because of what happens in your brain when you're participating in eating disordered actions. Eating disorders are officially catagorized as mental illnesses in the world of doctors and it's sometimes hard to understand why unless you've had one yourselve, I can see that. But honestly, what else could it possibly be???
>debates whether i should look it up
>does look it up
>regrets it like watching "We Can't Stop"
>decides to copy NameGoesHere with the format of this reply
Just no. People need to stop this. They think this is like planking. But it's not. It's sad. And not s*xy if they think so. Just....noooooooo.
I don't think it's easy to beat or even to avoid sometimes. But personally I think of a mental illness as something more like Down Syndrome or OCD. Eating disorders, though it's hard, CAN be beaten and 'cured.'
And I do know what it feels like, unfortunately. Thanks to my little sister, I have to fight every day not to eat less than 300 calories. I hate it. But I don't think it's an illness. Just my opinion.
I guess I get what you mean. Eating disorders are tough to understand catagorizing with mental disorders. But still, they are catagorized that way, officially. It's kind of like depression, which can also be beaten and "cured," if you get what I mean.
I can also understand if you think of eating disorders as a coping mechanism, which can be true of a lot of people. That would probably be a better way to catagorize them than anything, but a lot of people also think that there are people who have a predisposition to getting one, just like any other disease.
Out of curiosity, what did your sister do? (if it's not to personal to share. Also this is getting a little bit unrelated to the thread title. Does the creator of the thread care?)
I think some people are much more likely to get one than others. Some people are emotionally more fragile, or their body type is naturally more solid than they'd like.
I wouldn't classify it as a coping mechanism, either, because that's not always the case. Mental disorder is probably more accurate, if you have to put an extra label on it. I understand why they've classified them as such, but I don't agree. :/
I never used to care about my weight at all. I have been a bit overweight for about three years now, I think. I'm not actually sure because I didn't notice until people pointed it out. 20 lbs over the "ideal" for my height isn't too bad. But now my sister points out that I'm flubby, fat, piggy, etc. almost every day. She has mocked me in public over it, sometimes laughing and wandering around the house yelling about it. It gets worse and worse all the time, and has escalated from just weight to anything. My nose is too round and too upturned, my teeth aren't perfectly white, my eyebrows are too thick, I smell bad after working for three hours in 80 degree weather (surprise!), she acts shocked that she, the skinny one, can borrow any of my clothes...I could go on, but that would take too long.
Also, it doesn't help that I have a condition that makes me gain weight easily and exercise is potentially fatal...
Wow, that sucks! What is the condition called? I feel like you've told me before, but I forget.
But having an eating disorder does change things in your brain, it's proven. It changes the rest of your body, too. I should probably just stop arguing this because I'm not completely sure what they do to body chemistry, especially since there are so many different types.