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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.

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    LOL---this is great!!!! Hang in there! You can fight the disease!!!!
    3861 days ago
    Girl, this made me laugh out loud! I am a charter member of this club!

    Don't know what I would do without my precious sisters and my wonderful loving husband!

    3894 days ago
    Hi Jenny I want you to know sweetheart that I laughed and laughed at your "medical diagnosis". I guess our whole family has this. Not just your sister but your Aunt Mary too.
    They thought I was crazy at work for laughing so hard. At least now we know what has been our families problem all these years. I love you!! I am so glad you and Mandy have found
    Spark People. I'm bad, I have been lurking around here for over a year and never mentioned it. I wish now I had but at least all is well that ends well. Both of you are doing just so good and I am SO VERY PROUD of you both. Love Ya Mayreruth1 emoticon
    3899 days ago
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    So THAT's what I have!! R.A. Boy, it's nice to finally have a diagnosis!!

    Thanks so much for the chuckle -- it really brought a huge smile to my face.
    3918 days ago
    VERY INTERESTING WAY of looking at it, food for thought...
    but you know what , if hubby thinks you are hot, take it!

    and as you get HOTTER....and HEALTHIER , he will love it more! lol

    BUT it comes down to this....
    that is what matters the most!
    AM I looking after what I have been given? Am I making the best choices for ME!!!!

    3918 days ago
    This is AWESOME! May I repost it to my MOPS group, giving you credit of course?!
    Thanx for putting a smile on my face at the end of a LONG day!
    3918 days ago
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    Oh my goodness!! You know I caught that crazy "disorder" from you!!! If only I never had any pictures taken of myself! Lol! Well, I am going to let my "RA" motivate me to better health this time! Here's to sweet husbands, lying family members, and confident curvy big girls!! emoticon emoticon
    3918 days ago
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    I understand that it can be just as frustrating to have R.A and not have others help you recognize a need to change as it can be to have other eating disorders. Denial can be a double edged sword as you think and others support your thoughts of not having a problem only to go to the Dr office and oversee that your chart lists you as morbid obesity. Your BMI is off the charts and your family just says I think you look great and do not need to change. At that point you have a choice to believe the medical profession and do something or ignore it and stick with what your family says until one day you wake up in an emergency room due to a heart attack.
    I hope that if you really think you are "THAT BIG" you decide that despite what other say you are making the change
    I know you will make the right decision because you are here on sparkpeople.
    Best of luck on your journey
    3918 days ago
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