Debunk The Mia Myths!

Ok, so I’m so fed up of reading and listening to so-called expertise on bulimia, and I’ve decided to debunk some myths on this eating disorder, as well as eating disorders in general. Some of them are universal, others I’ve met people who have encountered, and some are my own experiences. I would love for you to add your own, or correct me if I’m wrong (:

Bullshit: Bulimics really want to be anorexic. Fact: This is based on the myth that eating disorders are all about physical beauty. This is a stereotype, people, and not true.

Bullshit: People who run/frequent pro-ana sites are always skinny themselves. Fact: This is complete and utter bulldoo, people. Most people behind these sites are mostly normal/pudgy wannarexic thirteen-year-old’s with some vocabulary. People with real eating disorders will never praise their disease and call it a “Lifestyle”; neither do we recommend it to others.

Bullshit: Bulimics have less willpower than anorexics. Fact: You people who think this; do you know what it really means to eat so much it hurts, puke, purge or jump on the treadmill for hours, just to go back to binging, with vomit in your hair and throat? Bug off.

Bullshit: It’s easier to recover from bulimia than anorexia. Fact: Bulimia and anorexia have nothing in common other than being characterized as “eating disorders”. Recovering from them is a hard process and requires very, very much.

Bullshit: Anorexics look down on large people and bulimics. Fact: Believe it or not, this is a prejudice I’ve met often, and once believed in myself, before I got sick. It’s not true! However, I did meet a woman with anorexia, who also had a personality disorder that made her narcissistic and very manipulative. She was the only person with an eating disorder I’ve met that I didn’t like. Eating disorders do not define you as a person. We are all in this together.

Bullshit: It’s not an eating disorder if it doesn’t have a “name”. Fact: EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) include a wide range of eating difficulties, such as Orthorexia, Megarexia and chew-and-spit. Though these are not “officially” eating disorders in psychiatry, they are eating difficulties equal to anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.

Bullshit: Anorexia is more serious than bulimia. Fact: Fail. Bulimia results in several very dangerous hazards. Dehydration, caries, mineral deficiency, fatigue, depression, infertility and osteoporosis in old age. Many bulimics can develop hypocalcemia and die of cardiac arrest because of mineral deficiency, and many also commits suicide.
MargaretMcCormick MargaretMcCormick
26-30, F
3 Responses Jul 31, 2010

After dealing with food and eating problems for 25 years and having also come to realize during that time that I suffer from severe PMS, I think I know the cause of the "bulimia" that I had as a teenager, and I suspect that I am not the only one who ended up trapped in the binge-purge or binge-diet cycle as the result of the NORMAL biological phenomenon that I will describe. I am now 40 years old and for many years now my eating has been pretty well under control. I rejected the label of a psychological disorder around age 30 when I came to see my problem as an addiction to sugar, flour and processed crap that shouldn't even be labeled as food. For seven years now my diet has been MUCH better than it was the previous 18 years. I've learned to eat real food and have cut way back on sugar. (No more urinary infections! No more zits!). When I started eating more normally, I came to realize that my appetite - my real, natural, normal appetite - actually fluctuates drastically with my menstrual cycle. In the days leading up to my period (and it can vary from month to month, from just 1-2 days to 5-14 days), I can be ravenously hungry and thoughts of food are impossible to get out of my head. Then after my period, I notice my appetite decreases. Sometimes it goes so low that I actually feel a tiny bit nauseated thinking about food (and ironically during those times, the only foods I want to eat are sweets and junk -- they're the only things that seem appetizing when you're sick, right?!). I know that as a teenager my hormones were crazy and were making me crazy in so many ways, and when I recall the way in which I was consumed with thoughts of food, I truly believe, now, that much of that was completely normal and physical and related to my hormones. It was NOT a psychological or psychiatric disorder. But of course a lot of people have made a hell of a lot of money labeling women (and it’s always women…) as bulimic and thus psychiatrically f*ed up. They’re CAUSING psychological problems with these labels, not curing them. I think that for me, the combination of four things caused me to be unable to eat normally: (1) these hormonally driven appetite fluctuations; (2) my fear of becoming fat; (3) my tendency to have an addictive response to sugar and flour; and (4) a food supply contaminated with sugar and processed crap such that you have to go out of your way to get real food. Items 1-3 are all normal. Only about 100-200 million other Americans find sugar to be addictive in some way, so, I was not abnormal in that regard. Item 4 is not normal. We should not live in a world where we have to go out of our way to get non-addictive, non-poisonous food. To any of you young women out there who are like I was: please know that the problem is not you and not within your own mind. You are not weak, defective, or insane. This world is insane and money is behind it all. My dad was robbed of tens of thousands of dollars by so-called experts who said they would help me. There was no accountability whatsoever. Thousands of dollars were gone whether I got better or worse and I got worse. The Renfrew Center (for treatment of eating disorders) is a fraud and a sham. If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is sue them. They owe my family $40,000 plus interest, plus unspecified damages for the waste of my life.

While I'm not bulimic myself, I have much experience with the disorder, because my beloved older sister was/is bulimic. While she doesn't binge and purge anymore, she (and I) tend to look at this disorder as being a bit like alcoholism - one is never really fully recovered, because there is always a chance of relapse. While my sister doesn't allow this thing to define her life, she's always on guard.<br />
I appreciate the chance to read some of your stories in this group, and I admire the bravery it takes to speak out about this. Thank you.

I like to think "expertise" is really an over educated persons term for bullshit. It take a genius to truly understand the compulsion of an eating disorder. Any **** wit can spend thousands on a psych degree but never truly grasp what makes us afflicted. <br />
What brought me to this is completely different then what brought you; same goes for every member of this group. Yet here we are struggling with the same compulsion to eat until we are ill so we can throw it up for that 5 second moment of false relief and hours of regret, shame, and depression. <br />
One thing I will bet on: Each of us has a moment, a decision, or a lifetime that brings about the worst kind of self loathing imaginable. <br />
My reasons are complete $hit IMHO; yet here I am turning to the bitter sweet comfort of an old friend. <br />
Not really a myth but I needed to rant!