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24 May 2002 @ 03:00 pm
on eating disorders and ignorance  
So right now, I'm kinda mad [although somewhat cooled off since first intending to write this entry - having to wait 20 minutes to get a decent computer here has helped to ease the fire]. I'm not going back to the second half of my psych. lecture, because I'm too irritated to listen further.

I'm so tired of people thinking that if you're thin, then you have an eating disorder. Certain comments from members of my class made me lose faith that perhaps people were getting over this ridiculous idea. That if you're skinny, you must be anorexic, because god knows, just because half the population is overweight, other people can't just be naturally thin. That if you're thin, it's "only a matter of time" before you'll admit to have some sort of eating disorder, and that in some way, you're abnormal.

That attitude makes me furious. I wish people would understand that eating disorders are mental disorders, and go a hell of a lot deeper than just being too skinny. I've always been thin. I'm 5'1", and I weigh about 75pounds. I eat more junk food than healthy food, and I've never made myself be sick either. Just before I wrote this entry, I ate a chocolate bar; tonight for dinner I'm tossing up whether to go to KFC or McDonalds. I have thin wrists and I fit into children's clothes, and I have never in my life weighed over 80pounds. But this doesn't mean I am anorexic - and I wish people in this society could stop being so ignorant, stop thinking that thin=eating disordered, and stop insinuating that if you're thin, then you're not "normal" and it's not the "ideal" body shape.

You don't tell an overweight person that they need to lose weight to be beautiful. So don't do it with thin people either. It hurts, just as much.