Just like when people use "starving" incorrectly, I also get mad when people use the term “anorexic” incorrectly. Someone whom I am acquaintances with was describing their childhood years to a friend today. They were very poor when they were little and didn’t get to eat a lot because of lack of money and food.
“I looked seriously anorexic,” they said.
And I corrected them but they didn’t hear me. “You looked really skinny.”
It is just like with “starving”. We know what the word means, but we don’t use it correctly. I myself have never said “I looked ‘anorexic’” even when I was really skinny. The problem with saying that phrase or even using that word in that context is that “anorexic” is not a look. The media has painted as something negative. Not that it is positive, but when people think “anorexic” they think skin and bones, literally. They think of someone that looks like a walking skeleton; someone who is seriously malnourished, which is what they are. Anorexia just might be the cause of their malnourishment.
Anorexic is not a look, it is a mental disorder, which is why it bothers me so much when people say, “I look anorexic,” or, “she’s so skinny she looks anorexic,” or, “I bet they’re anorexic, look how thin they are!” Some people are very thin naturally. Some people are thin because they actually worked for it. And some people are thin because of the mental disorder Anorexia Nervosa. I was skinny when I was diagnosed. I was so underweight my period had disappeared (unfortunately damaging my reproductive system. Children are not likely in my future) and I was too thin to support myself anymore. But I still didn’t think I looked “anorexic”. I probably didn’t look malnourished, or maybe I did. I still suffer from body dysmorphia so I don’t know, nor will I ever.
Also, an eating disorder looks different on every one. It rarely ever looks exactly the same, both physically and in mental effects, even though a fear of weight and food and fat is generally in all that suffer from one. So you can’t look “anorexic”, but you can look skinny and malnourished.
In other news, I have gotten back into exercising and seriously should have done it sooner. Since I started on Saturday with little things and got back into it on Monday starting a 5 week Fit for Prom/Summer challenge I have gotten better faster than I got over those 3 weeks when I sat and did nothing. It’s odd, but the more I exercise, even while sick, the better I feel. This is always true, no matter if it is a simple cold or, apparently, the end stages of walking pneumonia.
What are your thoughts on the subject?