Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dont judge people by their size

Something which bothers me very much is how judgemental people are...most people seem to do it. You see someone overweight and start thinking thoughts like 'they should go on a diet' ' they need to lose weight' etc or you see someone very skinny and think 'they need to eat a burger' 'they're too skinny, thats not pretty' or 'they have anorexia'.

And all these types of thoughts really bother me... i think its so wrong. When i was sick, i would stare at everyone elses bodies. I saw everything good about everyone elses bodies, but at the same time i was a very good critic. I feel awful admitting this, i feel so ashamed of myself, but i had thoughts like 'i would not want to look like him/her' or 'im so glad i dont have thier body'.
   And now i just feel awful that i thought those thoughts....To judge someone, merely by their size, that is WRONG.

In society there is so much fat shaming and skinny shaming but at the same time society has these unwritten rules or this ideal set up for men and women. How we should look to be perfect and accepted and everyone else i.e 95% of the population that doesnt look like that gets critic, made to feel like crap.

I know longer judge people, not by their size or weight anyway. Especially not strnagers, i dont know anything about them..... how do i know if that man has just spent 2 hours at the gym and is now going to get lunch. Or if that girl who looks skinny has just eaten McDonalds for lunch etcetc
Something which i find is that people are so quick to judge others... not really caring about who the person is. Most of it is mental thoughts, thoughts that cross your mind when you see a person, but others voice their thoughts. And its happend numerous times where a friend or family might say something about someone else and it irritates me. I mean how would it feel if you knew that strangers were saying things like wow, she should lose weight. Or, That dress is NOT flattering on her, what was she thinking.  etc
   I like to think - dont treat others how you wouldnt want to be treated yourself.

Also what i find is that society tells us that the leanest and skinniest people are the healthiest and i KNOW that that is not true. Many skinny people use unhealthy methods to look that way and some people who are naturally skinny eat like crap everyday just because they can. They know they are skinny and so continue to drink 2l coke everyday and McDonalds for lunch and no one says anything about it. Infact they are told they are doing a good job for 'trying to gain weight'. But if you see someone who is overweight drinking coke they get chastisized and told they shouldnt be drinking that..... just based on their weight? They might have diabetes and low blood sugar and need something sugary... or maybe they just want the drink?

Skinny people are often seen to be healthiest, but infact there are people who are curviers/bigger who are alot more healthy than someone who is smaller than them. Those people they can run a marathon, they eat a very healthy diet. Yet they are judged and deemed unhealthy merely on their size...

Well losing weight doesnt happen over a night, it can take year(s) for someone to reach thier healthy weight, they can be fighting everyday to lose weight. It doesnt just magically disappear, so who is to say that people who are bigger are unhealthy... they could be trying to change that.

Just like with people who are skinny... often too skinny people get told that they dont look good, they need to get some meat on their bones... but they could be eating copious amounts each and everyday, trying to see the scale go up but nothing seems to happen and it is down right rude to tell someone that they need to eat a cheeseburger. Ive been told that once before.... and it was only a month or so ago? I am a perfectly healthy weight, im not underweight and dont look underweight, but also... its nobody elses business.

I think we should all start making conscious efforts to stop judging people based on their size or weight. You know nothing about the person... they could be really happy in their body - infact, people who judge, comment and critique other peoples bodies often arent happy in their own. (So think about that for a while!). Someone else could be really happy in their body and just because its not your ideal doesnt mean it isnt theirs.
    Everyone is different, has different body sizes, different goals in life and remember that change takes time. You dont know how that person could look a year from now.

(***I want to make a side note, please dont take this post and start thinking... well then i can stay underweight because its nobody elses business. That is not what im talking about, what im talking about is judging other people based on size.... just like nobody should judge you if you are underweight or overweight. I think its wrong!!!)


  1. Hi Izzy, I just wanted to tell you how much I agree with this post! I feel like these days you can't walk down the street without being judged by a million different people and to be perfectly honest without judging people yourself! Also, I just want to say that I am so relieved that you admitted what you said about judging others while you were sick because I used to do that all the time and even though I felt awful I couldn't really stop myself! I also feel like because this society is so judgemental everyone believes that they are being judged by others. I, for one, always felt like this while sick. For example if I heard two people laughing near me I would feel certain that they were commenting on how fat I was and laughing about it - which of course they were not...especially considering the fact that i was underweight and so extremely far from fat! These ideas also made my first ever fear food much more difficult as I went with my mother into a grocery store to buy my pre-ed favourite Ben and Jerry's but as I walked to the counter to pay I saw some guys talking and looking at me and all I could think was that they were talking about why the hell I was buying ice cream when I was this fat...which again was obviously just in my head! (Though my mum managed to convince me to have it anyway and it was delicious :D ) Did you also get these kind of thoughts when you were ill? That everyone was always judging you? Anyway, I've completely rambled on (sorry!) but I just wanted to say that I agree with what you said about everyone needing to make a conscious effort to stop judging others and realise that health and beauty come in all different shapes and sizes!! By the way, I hope the race goes great today!!

  2. Hi izzy, I was wondering if you could do a post or answer my question on how to keep up with schoolwork whilst in hospital for anorexia? Thanks :)

  3. This is a great post!! I started telling my mom that she should stop commenting on how people look on TV or on the streets. She doesn't mean it in a bad or judgemental way but it irritates me when she says wow that girl has a big face, this celebrity looks really unflattering in that outfit. Why do people even have those thoughts, even when theyy are subconscious and not bad intended?! Anyways, I wasjust wondering: I think I had been exercising too much the past weeks. Last week I started getting really tired and hungry non stop so Ive been spending most of my days in bed eating and resting and Ive gotten better.. Did you also have or still have a phase not long after recovery and into exercising when you felt too weak so you had to increase your food intake

  4. I always judge people but only in my thoughts, i dont want to do it, but i cant control it. I understand that these thoughts mainly appear because i am so selfconcious. But on the other hand i always try to compliment people when i like something about them, because i know it feels good to get a compliment.

  5. It makes me sad and angry when someone judges someone based on their size/weight. What you said is very true. Maybe I should save this and show to people who do judge people.
    On the other hand I judge people (in my mind of course). It's not as bad as it used to be, but it's like I can't control it since I'm self conscious myself. I would think horrible things and now am very ashamed. I think it's because we were taught to be like that. But that doesn't mean it's ok to do so of course.
    Also, lately I've been noticing beauty in things you wouldn't usually notice. Just people in general are beautiful. How they move, their hair, arms, legs, eyes, bodies. Even if it isn't 'beautiful' in society's eyes I find the human body fascinating. All the little things... Anyway, I am trying my best to not judge anyone including myself.