Sunday, June 24, 2012

Arielle's Word of the Day #24: FACE

Today, I'm not going to talk about my face or your face. I'm not going to discuss physicality or beauty.

I'm going to talk about the face of eating disorders.

Eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect the young, the old, the in-between. They affect women and men. They affect individuals of all different sexual orientations. They affect people who have been abused, people who have addictions, people who are disabled.

Eating disorders affect people with children and people without children. Eating disorders affect those who have been bullied and those who have bullied others. They affect people of different heights, weights, and sizes. They affect people who are social and people who isolate.

Eating disorders affect models, world travelers, computer programers, dancers, nurses, lawyers, mothers, fathers, teachers, writers, etc.

The face of eating disorders is the face of the world. By stereotyping or pigeonholing we succeed only in separating people. An eating disorder can affect anyone. ANYONE. And the less narrow-minded we can all be about what that really means, the better we can help all the people who are behind the face of eating disorders.


Leecia said...

Amen sista! :)

Very true and very important to call out the differences, since people only "expect" certain types of people to be affected.

Brianne said...

Excellent Point! I wish everyone would understand that.