Ruby Wax says in a TED talk “this disease (mental illness) comes with a package: shame. When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy”.
FEBRUARY is Eating Disorder Awareness Month.
there are walks sponsored all over the US by the NEDA (national eating disorder association). there are events on facebook. news articles. it’s everywhere.
sometimes it makes me bitter that there is an “awareness” month, like YES I’M AWARE! very aware how much I have an ED. but this is for you.
Be aware of how you treat others, the way you talk to them, the way you compliment others (or don’t), the way you judge them.
Be aware of your self-image, how positive are you to yourself? this is one area I am working on daily. I try to remind myself that if I don’t love myself first I wouldn’t be able to fully love others. It starts from within.
Be aware of the media. How many of the top news stories are about a celebrities new hair style? or how much weight she has gained or lost. does this have an impact on how you view your body?
Be aware that in the US up to 24 million men and women suffer from an eating disorder. and only 10% will ever get treatment.
Be aware that eating disorders come in all shapes, sizes, ages, races, religions, and gender.
Be aware that you can make a difference in the life of a person with an eating disorder, with a kind word, with a donation, with a prayer, with a smile.