99% of the pictures of girls tagged as ”ana” and ”mia” for thinspiration didn’t have to starve themselves to get that way. I realised this when I saw a picture someone had posted of a friend of mine from ages ago saying they wanted to ”starve” to look like that, and I know she’s not anorexic. She eats as much as her body tells her to. She’s a perfectly healthy girl who is just very happy with excercising and eating nutricious food.
You know what comes with starving yourself? Binging and purging?
- Horrible skin.
- Mouth ulcers/ gum decay/ tooth decay/ constant bad breath.
- Severe mood swings; depression
- Lack of energy/ constant weakness
- Bloating/ constipation.
- Dizziness/ fainting/ headaches.
- Dry, yellow sking/ nails that crack and are brittle
- Fine hair begins to grow all over your body and face.
All these things will affect you so badly, you won’t look beautiful even if you’re thin.
Do you really want all of that? In exchange for one thing you could get just by being healthy? It may take a lot longer. But it’ll stay with you, and you’ll feel proud about achieving something that will stay with you forever: a healthy body. One that you can love and feel happy in.
Now, I know that anorexia and bulimia is not just wanting a thin body. Because most of the time there is a desire for a perfection which will never ever be achievable. And that most of you don’t even realise how beautiful and thin you already are: that you’re in denial. There are a lot of pyschological issues i’m not diving into because I’m not a proffessional, and I can’t help. I know it’s not that easy to just stop and give up. But I’m hoping that in the 5 minutes it takes you to read this, that you realise you deserve so much more than just being thin: that you deserve to be happy. And that comes hand in hand with a healthy body.
Once you’re in a routine of a healthy lifestyle, you don’t need to starve. It’s a longer road, but so much more fulfilling. Maybe, in these 5 minutes you’ll tell someone who cares about you. Or maybe you’ll convince yourself I might be right. Even if it’s only for 2 seconds, just hold onto that thought. Even one small action like telling a friend that you want to stop, can help, even if you decide to relapse. Maybe it’ll put the control into someone elses hands: someone who won’t give up on you.
And whenever you’re ready maybe you’ll keep what I said in mind: as motivation. Not thinspiration, but fitspiration.