It’s not worth it, starving yourself. You only become miserable and miss out on life. “Oh, but imagine the thigh gap! That’s definitely worth starving yourself, right?”
Wrong. Nothing is worth starving yourself. Thigh gaps are seen as the epitome of beauty in the world of EDs, but they don’t show you the process of attaining a thigh gap, like the screeching voice in your head, hurling abuse at you for not losing weight fast enough for its liking. Yet, even when you do, it just spits phrases about how you’re not good enough. A thigh gap is just another thing on the terrifying checklist that your ED follows. Does that sound ideal to you?
“No, but obviously having protruding bones and a flat stomach are positives”
See how all these points are body centred? They are all centred around appearance and how you look. Does that not scream “RED FLAG” to you? True happiness does not come from changing how your body looks, but from the acceptance of how your body looks. “But, Caitlin, surely it’s worth it for that feeling of pride in your body?”
Pride? You’ll never feel that through an eating disorder. And even if you did it would be short lived. You, or your ED, will never be satisfied with your weight loss. There’s always another goal to be reached. And that won’t stop until you’re dead.
That is the harsh reality of life with an eating disorder. -
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