"Double Edged Sword"
I posted a picture very similar to this one called “Battle Armor.” I was shocked and disturbed that it quickly started getting posted to pro-ana tumblrs. Each like & reblog is a new heartbreak. Being skin and bone doesn’t make life any better. You won’t like yourself more, have more confidence, be more attractive, or have more friends. My clothes are children’s size Small and it doesn’t change how much I hate myself. I’ve a genetic disorder that prevents me from ever being a healthy weight complicated by the fact that I’ve struggled with anorexia for more than a decade. It’s not about being thin to me, but about punishment and self-harm. I’ve been in recovery for a few years, but I am still abnormally slender and still have issues with food, especially when stressed. Seeing that people are starving themselves is a trigger for me, and knowing that people are using my image to do it pains me terribly.
I can’t do anything about “Battle Armor.” The internet may be forever but I won’t let it have the last word.
We need to see images with messages that tell us that we can get better and have a positive body image regardless of size. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, please contact www.nationaleatingdisorders.org for help.