Eating disorders, like ALL mental illnesses, do not have a “face.”
There is no certain way you have to “look” in order to have an eating disorder.
You do not have to be so thin that you are near hospitalization, or worse to have an eating disorder, although that can be a result.
All body types, all genders, all ages are susceptible.
Practitioners should not look at me, an admittedly obese woman, and automatically assume it’s a good thing if I start rapidly dropping weight.
There should at least be some questioning.
There should be the same kinds of questions as when someone suddenly starts putting on weight.
I heard a friend of mine kind of cracking jokes at her son for gaining weight over spring break and I thought to myself, “that is crappy.” Life is hard enough as it is. For real.
And please spare me the health concerns. I’m aware. Trust me. I don’t need random strangers “concerns.” Just genuine acceptance and appreciation like they would do everyone else.
However, one of the first things I noticed the last time I lost weight, because it was the first time in my teen or adult life that I had been thin enough to draw attention, people were nice to me. Men and women. I was noticed. People didn’t drop the door in my face at the gas station. People didn’t look past me wherever I went. I stopped making other people uncomfortable.
That was crap. I was so mad about that.
We need to do better.
Anyway. Rant over.
Image cited somewhere else on my blog.