My Body Stories
Slave to the Scale
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the onset of my eating disorder. I'm 28. It started when college started and it tore me apart. Most people look back fondly on their college years - I just beg for a do-over. However, this year also marks the 9-year anniversary of me starting treatment. What a journey. While I've stopped most eating disorder behaviors, I haven't been able to give up my scale. Like so many others, I'm a slave to it. Some days I'm terrified of what number I'll see, other days I can't wait to step on it and see if my diet is working. Yes, I do it totally naked and right after I use the restroom. My biggest fear in life: I'll never be able to let go of the scale.
Mistaken for a Preteen
Society tells me my size makes me a bad person. I look in the mirror and I feel betrayed. I was promised breasts and curves and everything that comes standard to being a woman; I was promised that the bullying would stop when I got out of high school. Those promises were lies. Instead I'm 4'11", 43kg, flat-chested and resemble a slightly warped board.
Social Media Link Roundup
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The Perils of Vanity Sizing
One of the most popular links on the My Body Gallery Facebook page recently was an article about J. Crew’s move to roll out a new women’s size “000”. The reason for such a change is not that women are shrinking (quite the contrary…average height and weight continues to steadily climb) but that clothing manufacturers have over the past decade been engaging in a practice called “vanity sizing”—psychologically manipulating customers into feeling better about their bodies by changing the measurements on garments so that women who have not changed weight need to size down in order to find clothes that fit properly. One outcome of this misguided practice is that women at the low end of the size range no longer can find clothes small enough!