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Body image issues and eating disorder start as young as 12 in girls! Here is a hard hitting poem about living in a fatphobic society.
TW: Eating disorder, body-image issues, mentions of drugs.
Am I skinny enough?
Should I lose more weight?
Should I eat less?
Maybe I should take some pills.
Should I sleep more to avoid eating?
Will keeping myself busy make me forget about eating?
Maybe I shouldn’t meet my friends,
If I do, I would have to eat.
And my seven days fast would go to waste.
Is that one piece of dosa?
I had in the morning,
Making me look fat?
Maybe I should vomit
Forcefully after this meal,
Secretly without anyone noticing.
Maybe I should start cardio
Maybe I should work out more
Maybe I should do yoga
Maybe I should just do drugs
Maybe someday I will be enough.
Will I ever be enough?
Image source: Still from Ad Campaign by Dove #StopTheBeautyTest, edited on CanvaPro
If our readers or someone you know is suffering from eating-disorders because of body image issues or if social anxiety is leading them to harmful thoughts: please try to get help immediately.
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