It is National Eating Disorder week! I always feel happy and embarrassed at this time of year. I want to shout to the world that eating disorders are real and are devastating and are not to be taken lightly and are NOT "just a diet". On the other hand, I have spent many, many years hiding my "dirty little secret", and it has been hard to overcome that thought pattern. :) Thankfully, I have had good friends and family to help me along the road to being able to talk about it...and I still have not reached the end. But writing it on a blog is WAAAAY easier than actually SAYING it out loud, so this blog is my safety zone for the moment. Bear with me. :)
So, I found this cool website and today it has a great article about what NOT to say to people with eating disorders...and a few hints on what TO say. I have come to realize it is dangerous territory for someone without an eating disorder to talk about their loved one's situation. Most of what they say is well intended, but ends up being quite hurtful. I think that is a lot of where the secrecy and shame comes from. So, maybe this article will help someone out there so they can talk to a person they care about who is struggling with an eating disorder.
So, that is my rambling. I admit, my arms and hands are stiff with embarrassment as I type this. I am totally frozen up and scared to be talking so openly about something I feel so ashamed and secretive about. LOL! (That, I think, was a "nervous" laugh.)
Well, anyway. Here is the link: http://www.adiosbarbie.com/2012/02/what-not-to-say-to-someone-with-an-eating-disorder/
(PHEW! Made it through THAT post!)
And for something a little more lighthearted, check out the post below. Hee hee. :)
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