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.