I recently watched a couple of videos by American Late Late Night Talk Show hosts Bill Maher and James Corden and not only did I feel attacked, I was shocked and worried.
In this video I explain what these men were talking about in their videos and why my experience with eating disorder recovery caused me to react the way that I did.
When someone is in recovery from an eating disorder, one of the biggest challenges in overcoming it can be learning to accept yourself for who you are, just as you are. The idea that we need to change our bodies in some way is the very thing that we need to overcome in order to simply learn how to function, and undo some of the damage that's been done to our minds.
We already live in a society that is plagued with messages that if we don't look a certain way, we don't belong. I worry that people like Bill Maher, using his massive platform to promote the bullying of fat people, will do more harm than he could ever comprehend. I don't know who he thinks he is, but his uneducated and misinformed ideas have no place in this world.
And just in case you've read this far and love statistics, check out the data on eating disorders - notice anything interesting on the section about bullying? https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/statistics-research-eating-disorders
In my video, I don't link to the original videos by Bill and James because if YOU are a person struggling to recover from an eating disorder, you will most likely find them both triggering. I am including the links below with a HUGE TRIGGER WARNING.
*Note* You don't need to watch their videos in order to understand the message in mine.
If you struggle with an eating disorder and would like some help getting started with Creative Journaling to work through some of your challenges, consider joining me in my Creative Journaling for Recovery group on Facebook. We meet every day to journal, get creative and support one another.
More resources for anyone looking for more guidance or help with an eating disorder or disordered eating behaviors:
Project Heal (USA)