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I just wish there was a warning. ⁣⁣⁣
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I grew up seeing warnings everywhere. ⁣⁣⁣
Cigarettes, for how they could damage my lungs. ⁣⁣⁣
Gambling, for how addictive it can be. ⁣⁣⁣
Alcohol, it’s effects and steps to get help if needed. ⁣⁣⁣
Drugs, and how they could cause brain damage and death. ⁣⁣
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I just wish there was a warning. On every diet ad I’d ever seen. One that taught me the risks. That allowed me to know what my choices could entail. ⁣⁣⁣
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You’d think it’d be obvious. But it wasn’t. ⁣⁣⁣
It seemed like health. It seemed like wellness. It seemed like self love. ⁣⁣⁣
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It seemed… like my ticket to happiness. ⁣⁣⁣
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When my bones started to show I felt validated. The smaller I got the more I had to document it. My photos were not moments of pride. They were moments of proof. That I was thin. ⁣⁣⁣
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Even with a 95% failure rate, the majority of people who diet don’t experience a large negative long term impact, that I know of. ⁣⁣⁣
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Yet the National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders. It is far too common that eating disorders start off as dieting.⁣⁣⁣
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It is a risk. ⁣⁣⁣
And I just wish there’d been a warning. ⁣⁣
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I just wish we viewed eating disorders and disordered eating with the same seriousness as we do nicotine, drugs, gambling, alcohol. ⁣⁣⁣
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I just wish I knew the risks. ⁣⁣⁣
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And since they’re not fully in place yet, all I can give you is my story. A piece of it. A story of a girl who wanted to find happiness in her body, and thinness seemed like the answer to it. ⁣⁣
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I want you to know that while I still struggle, I can absolutely say, I feel better than I have in a really long time. Something I expected to feel when I was at my thinnest. But, as it turns out, came when I was willing to really love myself. The action of it. Food. Movement. Mental health. ⁣

I feel more beautiful and complete than I ever have, and none of it has to do with how I look.

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