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Day 57/365: Struggle and Pant to be Free

When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and the warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it... and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied... and it is all one.

-- M.F.K. Fisher


National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

A number of other strong, brilliant girls have posted pics for NEDA this week, and I thought I would respond with some comments about eating disorders that you don't find in the staggering statistics that they've shared.


Eating disorders are rarely about weight. Girls with active eating disorders may say it is, but they are really starving themselves for something much deeper and more intangible. It's about control and fear and anxiety on the deepest level.


An eating disorder is not a personality flaw. It's a symptom of a deeper illness that stems from genetics, environment, history, and trauma. Recovery from an eating disorder means more than just eating enough to maintain a healthy weight; it means learning to live life in a way that embraces uncertainty and flaws and love and grief. It's about learning to gain, not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually,.




FGR: Didn't eat the balls.

GTLW: The hats we wear--this is a metaphorical one

TOTW: I'm grateful, beyond words, for the supportive friends and family who have helped me through difficult times.

Z. because it's the end, and also the beginning.


Some of the others recognising NEDA week: Emily, Lauren Sarah, sadie harris, xdowncasteyes.

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Taken on February 26, 2009