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I Wish I Was Strong Enough To Be Anorexic For A Day

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I share this story not only because it is a part of who I am, a significant part of the journey that has brought me to where I am today, but also to break the idea of a single story. A lot of people have the single story of an eating disorder. When one says anorexic, people think of a very slender, thin person. To many people, an eating disorder is glamourous. It is a sign of strength, a sign of beauty. I have heard things from “I wish I could be anorexic for a day” to “I wish I was strong enough to be anorexic, but I just love food too much.” The word “anorexic” has become interchangeable with “skinny.” Society has taught us all that thin is beautiful. It has taught us that thin is attractive; that thin is an indicator of health. All of…show more content…
You will find yourself jerking back from the touch of someone, as if their fingers and hands have been bathed in a toxic, burning poison. You will be terrified that they will feel how small you have become. You will fear that they will feel your bones protruding from underneath your sweater. Be prepared to become your own worst enemy. You will fear yourself, your head, and the thoughts that taunt you every minute of every day. The thoughts of not being good enough, the thoughts of being a waste of space, the thoughts of being a burden to everyone around you. You will want to disappear. You will lie to yourself and try to justify it. You will try to justify why you are always conveniently “sleeping” through breakfast and why you always “forget” to eat lunch and why you are always too “busy” with homework every single night to join your family for dinner. You hope no one questions your new isolative behavior, but at the same time, you hope someone asks, so you know they
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