Lesley Kinzel (via curvesahead)
I will always reblog this because it is so so important.
I just want to nail this to every stable surface I can find. I cannot count the amount of times that I’ve seen fat folks being encouraged, cajoled, and even forced into behaviors that would be recognized as disordered eating/exercising patterns in thin folks.
Pretty much everything that’s done on shows like The Biggest Loser would be called out as pro-ana/pro-orthorexia in a thin person. Exercising past the point that it hurts, to the point where you’re throwing up, even injuring yourself? Berating yourself because you didn’t lose ENOUGH weight this week? Constantly talking about how fat is weakness and thinness will make everything better, about how you can’t stand to be your current weight anymore? Emphasis on weight as a sign of how much control, strength, and worth you have? Viewing food as bad, as a temptation to sin? Constant sharing and talking about tips on how to minimize food intake, how to lose weight?
That sounds exactly like every pro-ana/pro-mia blog I’ve ever seen. It’s also what fat people are told we need to be doing to ourselves until we’re thin.
^This. this. this. this this this.
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes.
Then we wonder why so many people give up when they can’t adhere to the disordered regime.
We need to be promoting and encouraging a lifestyle abundant in healthy food and fun, functional movement rather than deprivation.
I can not with the accuracy of this. So many times I used to think “I’m not anorexic, I WISH I was anorexic, I just don’t eat because I always eat too much”. I remember walking into the ED clinic feeling so embarassed because surely all those skinny girls would wonder what I was doing there since I was clearly too fat to have an eating disorder, even though I was clinically underweight. People really need to stop acting like your weight is always a problem unless it’s “normal”. Being overweight does not make you any less capable of being happy & having an awesome life, & neither does being underweight. Yes it’s true that it has some negative effects on your physical health, but mental health should always come first. Don’t force yourself to eat or exercise less/more unless you genuinly want to. Other people can go fuck themselves, this is about you.
Although I still want to be skinny.