In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about a question a received from a listener: How do I dress in order to stop getting all those pitying looks. I had a hard time coming up with an answer because this is such a tricky question, but it made me think of the issue we have with cloths when we gain weight and how we can feel proud of the fact that we stand out in a crowed with our tiny bodies.
I am not implying that the girl who sent me an email feels this pride, but I am telling you honestly that I did. Even though I told everybody that I hated it when people stared at me, I secretly was pleased because I realized that my methods of damaging my body worked. Do a self-assessment and see if you feel this pride as well and then ask yourself if this is the sick part of yourself and if you want to do changes. I sure hope you do because you will only destroy yourself and your health by walking down that path even further.
I then go into sharing a few ways of how to deal with the initial weight gain and the fact that you will have to buy new cloths eventually. There are a few ways to go about it: hold on to your sick clothes, buy too big clothes or wear clothes that fit in the state you are in right now. It is easy to spot which one of those methods is the best and the one you should use if you are serious about recovery: wear clothes that fit right here and right now. Throw your sick clothes aways, you don’t need them anymore, right? Also, when you wear clothes that are way too big, you will reinforce your eating disorder and your thinking that the shape of your body is somehow not right.
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