It's a scary, scary prospect, for People Like Us, isn't it? I am talking, of course, about the possibility - and in some cases, for those of us who are underweight, the necessity - of (gulp) Putting On Weight. But why do we feel this way?
Ask yourself in all seriousness: what would be so awful about relinquishing a false sense of control (and all of us here know it's false) and letting your body choose your weight and shape?
Some of my mates with eating disorders have said, "Oh, i don't know what would be bad exactly, but i just FEEL so awful when i'm eating properly and am approximately within the healthy weight range". Really, although i do understand the feeling myself - only too well! - i can't see why we feel awful. How can being physically healthy feel AWFUL? Surely good health should feel, you know, GOOD?
When we're malnourished - and this can of course be the case at any weight - we feel awful. We can't concentrate, we're depressed and demotivated, we are obsessed and preoccupied with thoughts of food and eating.
Our bodies drive us to binge and our guilt or fear drives us to purge, to over-exercise, to endlessly punish ourselves - for what? For trying to not die? Would you punish a good friend or a child in your care for doing the same thing? SO WHY YOURSELF?
You are that good friend, that frightened child. You deserve physical health and mental wellbeing. Love yourself as you would your neighbour! You'd accept friends and others at any weight and shape.
The key to full bulimia recovery is to accept yourself at any weight and shape. Honestly, why does the thought of weight/health restoration worry us so much?
What would be "awful" about being properly nourished, feeling well, being able to concentrate on our studies/work/families, having the strength to run up the stairs or roll in the grass with a puppy or swing a child in the air, or the courage to love unreservedly, or the attention span to understand a complicated science programme or mathematical process, or just learn something new every day?
Do we think others won't accept us, won't perceive us as needy or worthy, won't see how dreadfully-in-pain we are? Is that a very mature attitude towards life? That's no way to live, to help others, to change the world for the better, to enjoy the limited time we have on this mortal coil.
We won't be able to love or laugh or weep, to feel the sun on our faces, the wind in our hair or the ground beneath our feet or walk in the woods when we're dead and gone... so to paraphrase
Phil Ochs, i guess we'll have to do it while we're here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-BBVQLnxI
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