Dr. B's Blog

"You will be FAT if you eat today. Just put it off one more day." (Don't do this.)

This says it all:

”You will be FAT if you eat today. Just put it off one more day.”

This is the #1 reason on many lists on sites that promote anorexia and it's really startling. I hope by putting that as the title of my post, a Google search for it will come up with something that's not promoting an eating disorder. Right now, if you do a search for that phrase, you'll get list after list of why not to eat. As a mental health provider, I've seen these reasons echoed in the thoughts of some of my most stricken patients. It's scary to see them in writing.

If you're struggling with an eating disorder, please visit NEDA's site, at least. 

A Vogue editor is trying to stamp out “pro-ana” sites. I was shocked to learn of the existence of these sites while I worked at Carolina House. They promote the lifestyle of an eating disorder as if it were a valid choice. I don’t agree, necessarily, with the need for regulation of sites that promote eating disorders, but I do wholeheartedly agree that they need to be labeled as dangerous, unhealthy and have a very bright light cast on their existence.

When I work with patients suffering from an eating disorder, I often describe the way an eating disorder works like roaches: they both thrive in the dark. Put light on your disorder and let people who care about you know about your struggles so they can help. That's really one of the best ways to be sure you can maintain your recovery.