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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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The 'new' normal

Urban Outfitters and the “New Normal”
By Amanda Jones—When I first read the latest article on Urban Outfitters’ most recent body image blunder, I was outraged. Another clothing company using sickly looking thin models to display their product? Don’t they know that impressionable young adults and teens will see that? But then the picture of the model loaded. I paused. Is this the right picture? I scrolled down to be sure, and then I looked at the picture carefully. The longer I looked at it, the more I noticed the tiny legs, the narrow waist, the shading of rib bones, and the blatant thigh gap. And hey wait, why are her legs apart like that? 

So I began asking my friends and family what they thought about the picture. One by one, they all came up with similar responses, completely unfazed by the strikingly thin model.

How is it that so many of us have become so desensitized to unhealthy media images that it doesn’t even phase us?

The infuriating answer is because we see it all the time. And the more we see it, the more it becomes ingrained in us, the more it becomes the status quo. When influential, culture-shifting stores like Urban Outfitters perpetually use underweight and thin models to advertise their products, it works. We buy into it, and it feeds our shame. Unrealistic media images prey on our vulnerability and insecurities, creating an ideal of beauty defined by thinness, breast size, and flawless skin.

But here’s the thing. We know nothing about the girl in the picture. We don’t see the Photoshop. We don’t see the airbrushing. We don’t see the lengthy diets, exercise, and unhappiness that may accompany her. When we use unrealistic and unattainable pictures, we glorify something most of us cannot have. We glorify a standard of success that leaves us feeling incapable, inadequate, and insecure.

Sure, we could sit and argue about why major companies continue to use dangerously thin models, despite knowing the potential risks and dangers associated with it. We could even split hairs over whether or not the model is actually underweight or if that is indeed her natural figure. But, I think the real question here is what can we do about it?

Here are a few things you can do:
1. Question and talk to a trusted individual about your own beliefs, misconceptions, and thoughts about healthy body image and normalcy.
2. Boycott companies that continue to use underweight models and images that glorify the “thin ideal”.
3. Support companies and product lines, like ModclothAsos, and Dear Katethat use diverse models of all weights and sizes.
4. Start a petition and report unhealthy media images when you see them!Spread the word on social media!
5. Avoid participating in behavior that promotes this type of media propaganda (e.g turn off the tv, toss the magazine, end unhealthy conversations, etc etc.)
6. Spread awareness and enlist others in the war on body image in the media!

The more we take a stand against a limited view of societal beauty, and celebrate body diversity instead, the more we build self-perceptions of capability, adequacy, and security.

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