Despite my body changing, I’m still happy with the way I look, which isn’t something that comes as easily as it sounds. This extra weight that I’ve gained is a reminder that anxieties don’t just disappear. Confidence is fluid, and it will slip away from you if you let it. Feeling good about yourself is a constant process of self-reassurance.
Shannon Kelly discusses her love of McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, and all of the finest junk foods, and how her first trip to SoulCycle changed how she thought about her diet.
Boston College’s To Write Love on Her Arms is hosting events to promote positive body image and mental health in correspondence with National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week.
“So what do you do? Who wins the war? Do you give in to the guilt, replacing pleasure with self-discipline? Do you militarize the dinner table, watching each forkful with the distrustful eye of a dictator? Or do you let freedom ring? Do you eat what you want, when you want, dietary norms be damned?”
Recovering from my eating disorder began when I threw out all of my old understandings of food and diet. After a year of treatment, I was able to think of myself as completely enough. Coming to a school at which the idea of being more is emphasized has led me to question whether it is truly good for the student body.