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Transcript of Human Compassion
Massive by: Julia Bell
Understanding Human Compassion
reshaped my understanding of human compassion in multiple ways:
Even though you may not think your actions impacts others, they almost always do.
You need to understand what is best for others. What is best for you may not be best for someone else.
As a parent and grandparent, you need to see that you influence your children and grandchildren.
Caring for someone may involve doing something that the person may not want, but, in the long run it will benefit them.
How learning about Eating Disorders affected my knowledge of Human Compassion:
Actions speak much louder than words.
Many people are scared to receive help based on judgements many have on mental health, our society needs to act more caring towards physical and mental well-being of others.
Being nice to people, positivity could help to prevent these types of issues.
A low sense of self-esteem and self-value are usually caused by a lack of compassion.
Overview of Novel
Carmens mother, Maria, suffers from Anorexia Nervosa. Although Carmen has not seeked help, she shows an excess of symptoms for Bulimia Nervosa. Her mother pushes her habits onto Carmen, sending her down a very slippery slope into an obsession with being skinny and losing weight. While Maria embarks on new adventures and ideas, Carmen is dragged through them as well.
Effects on Character
Neither Carmen or Maria see their habits as a problem. They continue on with their diets and excess activity without ever realizing how much they are hurting themselves.
Accuracy of Disorder in Novel
Various symptoms of Anorexia and Bulimia shown in the novel involve binging, starvation, restriction, excess activity in an effort to lose weight, self-induced vomiting, low self-esteem, and an inability to see how severe the episode is.
Support Throughout Manitoba and Canada for Eating Disorders
Effects on Family and Friends
Carmen's stepfather urges them to get help, without success. He realizes that they have a problem but he feels useless. He also gives Maria the benefit of the doubt, even though she is not mentally stable.
Maria's parents also do not see a problem that they can do anything about, therefore they just don't do anything about the disorder.
Carmen's friends are quite detrimental to her well-being. They constantly make comments about others body weight or appearance, only to increase Carmen's symptoms.
contributes to a persons understanding of human compassion
Maria associates body size with emotion. Many people with anorexia think along the lines of, "fat and unhappy." (Bell, 15)
Later on in the novel, after Carmen has been rejected from her friends at school, she begins to journal. She writes,
'I must try harder, not to eat,'
a very common reaction to feeling unwanted when someone has an eating disorder is to restrict their intake. Due to the assumption that being wanted is associated with their size.
"If your mother says she's better, I'm not going to contradict her." -Brian, Maria's Boyfriend (Bell, 9)
"Mind you don't listen to any of her nonsense, Carmen." - Maria's Mother (Bell, 44)
"Yeah, fat cow." - Paisley, one of Carmen's schoolmates (Bell, 121)
After five days of absolutely nothing inside of her body, Maria claims that she, "doesn't deserve to eat."
Carmen is instructed by Maria to write down everything that she eats, to try harder not to eat. One entry said, "slice of toast, orange juice,tea, mineral water, NO lunch, NO supper."
There are various support and recovery programs in Winnipeg for eating disorders and mental wellness including:
Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service Program at the Health Sciences Centre
Adult Eating Disorders Service Program at the Health Sciences Centre
Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program at the Womens' Health Clinic
In Canada there are many programs set into place to help people who are struggling and by contacting the National Eating Disorder Information Centre you can find local help as soon as possible.
Shows how our actions impact others.
Even though someone may want to push you away, giving support and care to that person may be crucial to their well-being. The novel creates a realization as to what caring for someone may really look like.
Makes one understand how easily it can be to offer a lack of compassion to someone.
Goldberg, Joseph. Signs of Eating Disorders. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/signs-of-eating-disorders#1
Government of Manitoba. http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/mh/eatingdisorders.html
Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia
National Eating Disorders Information Centre. http://nedic.ca