Dying to be thin: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week this week. I’ve written about image/identity issues a fair bit on here, but there is nothing more powerful than story, and it’s an honour to be able to share two stories of overcoming eating disorders with you.

The first comes from my courageous housemate, Emma, who has been battling an eating disorder and writing about it on her blog as she triumphs. You can read her post for Tell It In Colour here. An excerpt:

At the moment, what I’m going through has no conclusion. It’s not over. I can’t wrap it up in a “bad day” bundle and draw out a lesson. I do not understand most of my thoughts. I’m vulnerable, and I don’t know what today’s meals have to hold.

The second is from Jonathan, who writes hauntingly about the eating disorder that almost killed him, here.

I would be lying if I said everyday still isn’t a battle but one thing I know is that I never want to be that thin again.

Thanks to you both for your bravery, and for sharing your stories. I am convinced that the very act of being vulnerable about this will encourage others to identify similar struggles and reach out for help, too.

From Emma:

The worlds I knew had turned against each other, it became so obvious when I reached the top of the wall. A civil war had broken out, and I needed to pick a side to fight for.
Two options. Go back to the quiet. Go back and risk never knowing a larger life, an adventurous life.
Or jump…

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