By Anonymous - 18/12/2010 05:16 - United States
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1 - for some people with anorexia it's actually really hard. they need to go to like therapies and nutritionists and stuff like that just to almost "re-learn" to eat. also a lot of anorexics will even develope certain food phobias where they are actually afraid to eat certain foods. anorexia and other eating disorders are not just people tryna lose weight in a stupid way. they're actually mental disorders which take a long time to control should a person with one choose to.
I had anorexia for years, some on and off, but it never really went away. At the beginning, it really is not very difficult to control, but if you let it get worse, your own psychosis will have a field day with it and then your mind is so far gone that even professionals can't help. It's a lot like depression, which I think more people can relate to, where you're your own worst enemy; judge, jury and executioner, sometimes literally. 21 is dead-on, but it's a shame that a lot of folks, usually those who've hardly heard of eating disorders, won't fully understand why one can't "just eat." Ah well.
She said she was only dealing with it for a couple months so A) it's probably not that difficult for her to eat, as it takes quite awhile to fully develop full fear/aversion to foods and B) it's not technically anorexia according to the DSM, probably just another young teenager who thinks they have a problem
Some people are excessively ignorant. "Just Eat". Yes, that should work. Anorexia is a horrible disease that I had to deal with for two years. Therapy doesn't teach you how to eat, they teach you why you should eat. Victims of Anorexia have such low self-esteem, they're biggest worry is to not be accepted by society, so they rely on depriving themselves from food, in order to meet society's expectations. They feel that if they gain weight, society will view them as a monstrosity.
I've never seen Jerry Springer so I can't speak to that and I can't say for sure what zeb meant but he usually has intelligent comments and has railed against people making ignorant snap judgements more than once. But even if one is unaware of that, it is obvious he wasn't referring to the people who know what they are talking about since he clearly indicated people who have inadequate knowledge of the subject. I'm not trying to argue with you either. I'm just saying you should save your ire for the fools that actually did say "just eat".
LOL! Of COURSE I meant people who say 'just eat, hurr'. Anorexia is a complex and very real disorder that is misunderstood by people that have no experience of it. People with anorexia are praised for looking great as they lose weight, right up to the point where people turn on them and get judgemental. It's an impossibly fine line for people to tread. People who suffer from it need professional help, rather than the tabloid TV judgementalism that is heaped upon them. I don't even have to scroll down the comments to know the sort of bullshit that'll be there. Jerk? Dumbass? What an amazing way to get the wrong end of the stick...
Oh God - here we go again. 150 comments by dumb fucks whose knowledge of the subject comes from watching re-runs of Jerry Springer.
hope you recover!