For those of you who do not know, this week (February 22nd-28th) is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I am sure most of you are aware of the existence of eating disorders… but are you really AWARE?
Up to 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder. Twenty Four MILLION.
Common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.
Eating disorders do not have a specific host or target. Eating disorders can affect people of all ages, races, cultures, genders, socioeconomic status… Everyone.
In fact eating disorders are extremely prevalent amongst athletes and even the “fittest of the fit” … [For more awesome info on that and an awesome Instagram challege check out THIS post by my kick ass fellow GGSA]
So how do we make ourselves knowledgable on this topic? And why should we bother to?
For starters you never know who is struggling with an eating disorder. The woman on the treadmill next to you that looks super thin but you just think maybe she’s a marathoner. The man who is a bodybuilder and you envy him for being so cut and in killer shape. Yeah. Sometimes we don’t really know why people do what they do but maybe we should.
Eating disorders are extremely serious, life threatening, and just super debilitating.
From the time I was even in middle school I struggled with extreme body image issues. Like not just your normal teenage girl trying to wear makeup to be cool like the other kids issues. Like hating everything about myself and weighing myself 4x a day issues. It took me probably 12 years from the time I was 10 to just about two years ago to be able to actually look myself in the eye in the mirror and think that maybe just maybe I actually was pretty. I went through so many painful years thinking if I could make my body PERFECT, be skinny enough, have a big enough butt, have that ridiculously absurd thigh gap… maybe then I would be pretty. Maybe that would make up for the natural beauty I thought I somehow lacked.
Back in November I did a “No Makeup Challenge” (which if you didn’t see it then you can catch my re-cap here) Even after all the progress I have made with loving myself and my body, it still taught me things I didn’t think I was still hiding from myself. I am happy it did because I can truly say over the last 2 years that I have come to love myself… Every perfect imperfection.
I can now eat pizza without wanting to kill myself or weighing myself multiple times the next day. I can look at my less than perfect body in the mirror and know that I am still awesome.
And I credit a lot of that to crossfit. Getting in shape, seeing my physical imperfect body conquer amazing feats I never expected possible, and just feeling and knowing that I am in shape, fit, HEALTHY regardless of the number on the scale has completely changed my world, my life. SAVED my life. Now I wouldn’t trade my tough, strong, healthy, beautiful, and imperfect self for smaller size jeans or a “skinny body”. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Find YOUR healthy.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Love it with everything you have.
Eating disorder awareness is SO IMPORTANT because I truly believe that until you know what it’s like to look at yourself and be disgusted with every inch of you, it is hard to understand how UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING it feels to love yourself. And everyone… man or woman, old or young… deserve to know that feeling.
Please I really encourage each and every one of you reading this to go to http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ and learn more about eating disorders and what you can do to help the people around you.
And everyone… You are ALL amazing. You are ALL beautiful, perfectly imperfect works of God. You ALL deserve to love your real #selfie. ❤