“Now I'm in my early twenties.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? be honest. Are you comfortable with your image without wanting to change anything? Are you comfortable within yourself?
I remember weighing myself several times a day, every day, for years when I struggled with an eating disorder.
Our popular culture encourages and rewards self-betrayal. We refuse to physically age, we want to be more perfect, more competent, more intelligent, more popular, more lovable. We want to be like others more than ourselves. To compensate, we develop personality traits to “preserve” ourselves. What about all the wisdom, acceptance, maturity, and beauty in our true nature? We bury it by numbing ourselves through various means. You shouldn't be afraid to communicate with yourself. It can be learned with patience, awareness, and time… if we choose to love and accept ourselves. There are profound life lessons that teach us how to better develop as people and as a society.
It's Eating Disorder Awareness Week. These are mental illnesses and we do not choose! Millions of Canadians and 300,000 Quebecers are at risk of contracting it. Anorexia, Bulimia, Orthorexia, Bigorexia and more; This is just the tip of the iceberg of great internal pain. To learn more and if you are struggling or know someone who needs help, contact your ACSM community organizations across the country and in Quebec: BACA, ANEB.»
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Eating disorders are one of the most serious mental health problems. It is therefore important not to underestimate it – without panicking. It is possible to get out of this and there is help:
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