Second Life resident, Lucie Bluebird, shares her real story dealing with an eating disorder in response to a Flickr Group, called Second Life Anorexia, that contained images that were supposed to bring awareness regarding Anorexia but felt more like “Thinspo” images.
Anyone who follows me on Plurk knows that I am very outspoken about body acceptance. As someone who has struggled most of her life with an eating disorder, and who has many friends with eating disorders, this is an issue very near and dear to my heart. I spent seven weeks as an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital in NJ, on the eating disorder unit, when I was 15. I became very good friends with many of the other teens there. The vast majority of them were anorexic, though some had began as bulimic and the disorder morphed from there.
Here’s the thing, though. Most of these girls “looked” healthy.
While the Flickr group has been removed, I have saved one of the images. I can’t remember who it belongs to, but without seeing the images Lucie is referring to in her article, you don’t understand the full impact of what these images can do.
I will reiterate the resources Lucie posted on her article here.
If you believe you, or someone you love, may have an eating disorder please check out these resources.
National Eating Disorders Association NEDA also has a toll free hotline you can call (at least from the US). That number is 1-800-931-2237. Additionally, there is a web chat feature on that page.
But You Don’t Look Sick I threw this in because of mentioning so-called “invisible illnesses.” While eating disorders aren’t really what this website is about, it ties into the entire premise of not judging someone’s health based on how he or she looks.
If you would like someone to talk to about your own struggles, please reach out to someone. Whether you use one of the resources above, or do a google search to find your own, there is help out there. You don’t have to try to get through this alone.