TRIGGER WARNING: This post may trigger those of you suffering from E.D., but I think it might help you understand why people around you say the things they say. Unless you’ve lived it, no one knows what someone with E.D. goes through. They say things that THEY think are helping, or that relieve THEIR stress. By knowing that they are uninformed about the disease, you can help yourself better deal with the words that might trigger you during recovery. You are human. So are they.
Since getting into this industry, I’ve had more exposure to eating disorders than I’ve ever had in my life. Weight-loss and fitness are healthy options for most people, but for some they are unhealthy quests for control and endanger their lives. I’ve had my own issues with food, but never to the extent where I felt controlled by it. I have, however, been exposed via an outpatient clinic where I volunteer and the patients mimic many of the sentiments I see here, on my dashboard, every day.
So, due to my recent exposure, I’ve become more sensitive in my language. I’m careful about how I talk to these girls, careful not to comment on their bodies, careful to support body-love & body love resources and stay as positive as I can. But there are others who don’t have the luxury of my education, or my exposure, who demonize the thin & are hurting those who may be suffering without fully knowing what they are doing. This could be you. It could be your mom. It WAS me a few years ago. And, I had NO resources to help me at all.
Warning: possible triggers for E.D.
Yogurt super-power Yoplait has agreed to pull it’s latest commercial from the airwaves after receiving complaints from NEDA, the National Easting Disorders Association. NEDA believes that the ad could possibly trigger behaviors that could lead to eating disorders or inadvertently trigger those recovering from eating disorders.
Girl wants her cheesecake. She wants it bad.
Right off the bat, you can tell that the actress in the ad probably doesn’t need to worry about that piece of cheesecake. She’s already slim, and her over-analytic monologue seemingly borders on obsession. It’s stressful to even HEAR her voice going back & forth trying to justify how to compensate… for what should be (and appears to be) a treat she can afford herself.
What about a smaller slice? Okay, sure! Or maybe a medium slice with celery sticks (not sure how that makes sense). Or jog in place while eating a big slice followed by celery sticks (cause THAT will cancel it out, lol).
The only way to end her relentless back & forth? A co-worker, who points out a lower calorie Yoplait option. Ahhhh, the debate is put to rest.
Puh-lease. Watch the ad below.