When it comes to eating disorders, it’s something that really hits close to home. When I was growing up, I suddenly became very self conscious and started to hate my whole body. With the rest of the shit I was going through at the age of 14, it was only a matter of time until I developed an eating disorder and so I did. Luckily, with the help of a therapist and my mother telling me to “cut the bullshit,” I worked through it and started to love my body. Did you know that people who suffer from an eating disorder have a six-fold mortality rate than the general population?
A pro-anorexia bracelet. [via]
What originally started as a project to let people who have suffered from Anorexia let them know that they’re not alone, has turned into something that has spun out of control. According to the the maker’s of the bracelet “the pro-ana bracelet is worn as a reminder of staying true to your diet, and also to meet other [sic] Ana’s.”
What many people don’t realize is that eating disorders like anorexia is actually a mental disease and not just a lifestyle choice. Lynn Grefe, CEO of National Eating Disorders Association, told Buzzfeed “Is someone making pro-cancer or pro-heart disease necklaces? Replace the word ‘ana’ with ‘cancer’ and you realize how absurd and how sick this is, to be encouraging people through jewelry to stay sick. I find it unforgivable.”
Instructions for Pro-Anorexia Bracelets [via]
What the most unfortunate part of this whole store? Some of the sellers of the bracelet have already sold out. For more information on eating disorders visit the National Eating Disorder Association’s website, here.