Sunday, 23 August 2015

HYPOCRISY


This post is kind of rare for me nowadays because it's about the eating disorder community. The world in which I have not engaged in for quite some time now because I am recovered. However, when I saw this post from the lovely Sami, I couldn't help but agree with everything she has said so thought I'd just sit down and write.

When you have an eating disorder, most of the time, you can turn to social media/the internet and engage in the 'recovery' community. Instagram is probably the worst culprit in my opinion, because it's so easy to go on there and seek out others who feel the same as you. Instagram is both brilliant and dangerous. You are able to 'make friends' and find help from other people who will encourage you. But, there is also the dangerous side of the social platform, in that it's easy to get sucked into a world of comparison, exercise addiction or orthorexia (fear of eating anything that isn't healthy/clean).

It sounds bad, but I am actually not bothered if people want to be a part of this community or not anymore. If people want to lead a life full of exercise and the infamous quest bars, then go ahead! If you want to eat junk food 24/7, that's your choice too. It takes a long time to accept, especially when your friends are ill, that you cannot save someone who doesn't want to be saved. We are all different too, some can benefit from social media and others don't. I get that, recovery is so individual.

What gets on my tits more than anything though, is those who claim to be recovered, yet show off their bones in pictures, run miles and miles, claim to have difficulty eating 'junk food' and only ever post pictures of salads or something equally as healthy. And even more so, when these people hypocritically moan about others who have been sucked into another obsession, when it's quite obvious that they are no better either.

It's not even that I am particularly bothered by what these people eat or do exercise wise, it's that other sufferers are looking up to these people as role models, when they clearly shouldn't be. I just think it's really unfair.

I know that nowadays, social media is used to highlight everyone's best side and not everything is on social media, so perhaps I shouldn't be one to judge, but if you are 'recovered' and put your life out there for others to see, surely the responsible thing is to show a couple of biscuits or chocolate alongside your lettuce leaf?!

Like Sami said, it's so so easy to preach from a low BMI, but I really do think people should practice what they preach. It's beyond frustrating.



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