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Most people probably think that the body-positivity movement is inclusive, but sometimes obese women who want to actively lose weight , criticized within the body-positivity-space.
This happened to Kelly Howland, 31, an Instagram blogger who writes about her struggle with the binge eating disorder.
Last month, Howland published a photo of herself in the pants that suited her exactly before she took off in May 2018. Since then, she has gone from 24 to 12 in less than a year, losing about 64 pounds. (Associated: The Eating Disorder That Many Women Do not Know)
Although this is an amazing accomplishment, it did not always have the support of people in the body positive community. Howland says Health That although binge eating disorder is a life As with anorexia, people sometimes avoid talking about it because they fear to trigger anti-body positivity.
These were always closely connected to me. Now I can put both legs in a trouser leg. From a size 24 to a size 12. I do not want to promote mentally unhealthy weight loss. Problems like anorexia and bulimia are life threatening and serious. Every eating disorder is serious. And that includes binge eating. Sometimes I think we accidentally swung the pendulum too far, and now we ignore the problem of eating because we are afraid of starving or simply stepping on the toes of positive body movements. , But do not make mistakes, eating disorders and emotional eating are eating disorders and are unhealthy and even life threatening. Just like drugs or alcohol or hunger, it is a coping mechanism to mask pain, trauma and problems. And it has consequences like any other destructive coping ability. , Some people fall into tobacco, alcohol or cocaine. I fell in sugar. Because it was that easy. Always there. And the most socially acceptable and even encouraged coping ability in the Western world. Food addiction is a tricky thing to cure. I mean, you do not need drugs or alcohol or cigarettes. But you have to eat. , So how do you dance along this line while staying on the side of emotional recovery and self-care? That's a difficult answer. And I think it can be different for everyone. I will not say I've mastered it so far. But every day, every day, I work on that goal because I know that I'm worth it, and also the life that I experience on the other side of nutritionalism.
"It may be a bit disapproved of intentionally slimming in the plus-size world," says you. "This is not true for everyone, but somehow you are marginalized," she says. Eating Disorders Can not Agree on Answer)
One expert agreed that binge eating disorder receives less spotlight than other eating disorders because it is less noticeable to observers. "[Binge-eating disorder is] not so noticeable – it can be more mysterious," says Nancy Farrell Allen, RDN, Health adding that patients who suffer from the disorder often eat in isolation and are afraid to to eat the food Others. "You will not go to the restaurant," she says. "You will not sit at the family dinner." (Related: This woman lost 120 pounds on the keto diet without putting a foot in a gym)
On Instagram, Howland called for a balance between the reality of an eating disorder and the ability to love oneself, regardless of your weight ,
"Sometimes I think we've accidentally swung the pendulum too far, and now we're ignoring the issue of binge eating for fear of starving or simply stepping on the toes of positive body movement," she wrote. (Related: The 10 rules for weight loss that persists)
She tells Health that she had come to terms with her eating habits only after a day last spring when she could not stop herself from one Drive-through to get food. I will not do it she told herself back then. But she was addicted. "My car just drove there," she says. Howling Tell When Binge Eating Goes Out of Control
Howland realized that stress and anger were triggers that led to binge eating episodes, and Allen confirmed that emotional lows often lead to these episodes.
Sharing their social media journey has contributed to their success, Howland believes. "Sharing on Instagram has created accountability, and it's harder to stop when other people know you're doing it," she says. (See also: Joining an Online Support Group May Help You Achieve Your Goals)
It has simple advice for people who are working toward a healthier lifestyle: Be nice to yourself. "It It's really important that people love each other, "she says. "You can not hate your body for health, and any change you make must come from a place of love and compassion for yourself."
This story originally appeared on Health.com by Maggie O'Neill.