It is hard to believe that there are actually websites that encourage anorexia and bulimia. Sadly, it is true. The dangers of these websites influence these eating disorders by chat rooms, support groups, and resources on how to stay ultra thin. To learn more about this issue, click on the post.
Parents – Are you willing to listen when a child has something very heavy on their heart to tell you? Here is a great story to show you that a parent’s love knows no bounds and that being supportive can be a changing factor in the healing process for their child’s life.
Last week was one of the most challenging weeks that I have ever had to face in my life. I had to face the challenge of telling my parents about my mental illnesses. I was dreading it for months but I knew that they needed to know about it, and there’s no better time than the present, right? Right.
I had been worrying for months about how to tell them and how much to tell them. I didn’t think it would be possible for them to understand. I thought for sure that they would be mad, but I was wrong.
The amount of love and support that my parents showed me was incredible; it was unpredictable. I had imagined every possible worst case scenario in my mind but never once did it cross my mind that my parents would be 100% supportive. Turns out I should have had more faith…
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From a courageous young woman who has a secret to tell. Not just to her family, but to all parents. Your teen may be in this same position. Truth is the only freedom that will lift the heavy burdens a family carries. I am proud of this friend that she is trying hard to take a step of faith in doing what is right. Please keep her in your prayers and thoughts.
Yesterday I was watching a documentary on YouTube called “Perfect Illusions” and one quote in particular caught my attention. The quote states that “Children with eating disorders sometimes feel they are the ones who have to hold the family together. They don’t want to cause anymore problems in a family that is already under pressure” (11 minutes, 50 second mark approximately).
Until hearing this I never fully realized why I have been so afraid to tell my family about my struggles. There is a war in my mind; a part of me demands to be heard, to be understood; another part of me demands silence and secrecy. I didn’t really realize it until now, but the part of me that demands secrecy is trying to protect everyone from the reality of my illnesses.
My parents have already got a lot to deal with as a result of one…
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She was only 17 years old but started at eight in learning how to control her weight. With huge issues at home that were beyond her ability to fix, she focused on one thing that she could control – chew and spit.
It only took one comment to set her off and she then became a part of the statistics in eating disorders. Weighing at 105 pounds, that was not enough. Her ideal weight was 70-75 pounds.
Most parents are aware of anorexia and bulimia. But many do not know about CHSP (Chewing and Spitting). The main purpose of CHSP is to eat all you want but never to swallow. It gratifies that taste that a teenager has in wanting those foods, however, they do not want the weight that goes with it. So they secretly do this behavior in their room, a car, or another private area. Simply put, they chew their meal and spit the food particles in a zip-locked bag to be thrown away or hidden for further usage. Continue reading