Public Service Announcement: REVERSE ANOREXIA (LOL)
Monday, May 03, 2010
Many of you are aware of a disorder in which a lovely slender girl looks in the mirror and interprets her reflection as hideous and obese. This is a true travesty. Slightly less well known is what I like to call (drum roll please) REVERSE ANOREXIA. This is a slightly different "disorder" in which a big ole gal looks in the mirror and says "Dang Girl! You look GOOD!"
Having suffered from R.A. for most of my adult life, I have pin pointed a few of it's causes...
1.) Having loving and supportive parents who convince you that "Yes you are the prettiest! Those other girls are just jealous!"
2.) Marrying a wonderful man who constantly tells you how hot you are.
and most importantly....
3.) Having fabulous sisters with incredible wit who love you no matter what.
Although R.A. does seem to have a genetic link, it also seems to be very contagious. Entire groups of women have been know to "come down" with severe cases of self-confidence just from spending a few hours together. The symptoms can manifest themselves in one of two ways. Either the person becomes so satisfied with their condition that all attempts to lose weight and become healthier are cast aside OR feeling good about themselves motivates them on to greater heights in health. My own story has been one of self satisfaction until I had an unfortunate moment of clarity while looking at a family photo. "Am I really that Big?!?!" I asked my husband who replied, " Baby, you look hot."
Ahhh....the circle continues (LOL)
Disclaimer: This is meant in no way to diminish the integrity of people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. Just a little play on words. Thanks.