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goodbye ed, hello me

recover from your eating disorder and fall in love with life

Jenny Spadafora

on 17 April 2010

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Recently, in a large city in Australia , a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"
A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea, and the coral reefs of Polynesia.

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist.

If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices
of Argentinean psychoanalysts with an identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them. Not to mention, how could they have sex? Just look at them ... where IS it?

Therefore, they don't have kids.
Besides, who wants to get close to a girl who smells
like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.
P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads
the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a glass of wine with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.
So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨ goodbye ed, hello me Contrary to popular belief, an eating disorder is not solely based on food. There are many contributing factors that lead to the emergence of an eating disorder. Loss of control, anxiety and/or depression, sexual abuse, genetics, family emotional problems, a high need for perfection, the media, and a refusal to grow up are just some of the possible factors, although no defined cause has been established. 51% of 9 and 10 year-old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet
Mellin LM, Irwin CE & Scully S: Disordered eating characteristics in girls: A survey of middle class children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1992; 92:851-53

42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991).
Collins M.E. (1991) Body figure and preferences among pre-adolescent children. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 199-208.

46% of 9-11 year-olds are "sometimes" or "very often" on diets, and 82% of their families are "sometimes" or "very often" on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992).
Gustafson-Larson, A., & Terry, R.D. (1992). Weight-related behaviors and concerns of fourth-grade children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 92, 818-822.

81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. 51% of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.
Mellin LM, Irwin CE & Scully S: Disordered eating characteristics in girls: A survey of middle class children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1992; 92:851-53.

Time Magazine reports that 80% of all children have been on a diet by the time that they have reached the fourth grade.

VS. I used to see my body as a thing to control. Now I see it as a place to live. A key to overcoming negative body image: learning to appreciate what my body does for me rather than focusing on what it looks like. As a wonman, my dody can not only propel me up big rocks in Alaska, but it can also create life. Amazing stuff! I could clearly see that thigh cream - even if it did work - would not be right for me now. I want to devote my life and energy to living and chasing after my dreams - not to chasing after society's ever-changing beauty ideal. The way beauty standarts change (a certain physical charactersitic is "in" and then it's "out"), celulite would come "in" just after I had mine removed. I was sentenced to life in prison. I didn't wear an orange jumpsuit, but I would have liked one. I was in bad body image prison... When I was only a four-year-old in dance class, Ed whispered in my ear that I was fat. His voice grew louder as I grew older. He encouraged me to restrict fook, which then led to bingeing and purging. When I enterd college and was living away from home for hte first time, I slid down fast into anoexia and buliimia. I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work adn my God.
-Helen Keller Recovery is not just about breaking away from Ed; it is also about falling in love with life.
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