Lets talk: Eating Disorders Jul 28, 2020 18:51:34 GMT via mobile
Post by Sasha Sky on Jul 28, 2020 18:51:34 GMT
Social media has a way of showing only half the picture of someones life, not their whole reality.
Each of us have our own struggles.
Some people struggle so hard and for so long, the word "struggle" doesn't even feel like it does it justice anymore.
And the fact we live in a society where we are basically programmed to think it's attention seeking to share our struggles and that it's weak to struggle at all, is really fxcked up.
Now there are many topics of conversation I feel we should be having in this day and age, but today I want to focus on one in particular.
Since the age of 13 I have struggled with an eating disorder. It took me till very recently to even admit to myself that was true. I have been in denial for such a long time and although I don't struggle with it as much now, as I did during my school years, it's still a problem I have to face when my mental health ain't so healthy.
Why it began for me is a very long and personal story that perhaps one day I'll share, but for now I don't want this post to be all about me. I know I'm not alone in this, so lets talk facts and figures.
It is estimated that between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK alone, are affected by an eating disorder.
People who have been categorised to be most "at risk" are between the ages of 14 and 25. Although according to Priory Group (a mental health care provider in the UK) there are known cases of eating disorders developing in children at the age of 6 and in adults in their 70's.
This is a widespread problem. A problem which has increased more as time has gone on.
Of course eating disorders can develop for a number of reasons, but with the society we live in, with social media being so prominent in our lives, with our expectations of ourselves and others being so unrealistically high and with photoshop being at the finger tips of pretty much everyone, it's almost no wonder that so many people struggle with an eating disorder.
This is a small part of a much bigger conversation and I believe everything in our society kind of ties in to each other.
But I truly feel the more we start to have these conversations, the better. Just the better.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, our society is pretty fxcked up.
So the more we talk about the things we're programmed to feel ashamed about and keep to ourselves - the better.