In the last installment, we gained more knowledge about how our eating disorder functions. We learned that ironically, eating disorders are not really about food, they are about feelings.Some have argued that our emotions are what make us human and distinguish us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Whether this is the case or not, it is undeniable that our emotions have a profound impact on our existence.

My name is Katarina Stein, and my struggle with bulimia started during high school. Throughout my entire young adult life, I struggled with depression and self-harm. Once I entered my sophomore year of high school, I began to take out my anger and sadness on my own body. I despised what I saw in the mirror every day, and believed that by changing how my body looked, I could perhaps change my state of mind.

In our culture we go to school, sometimes for well into our adult lives and learn how to embrace knowledge. Yet, we are rarely well-educated on how to embrace our emotions. Often times, when uncomfortable emotions like sadness, anxiety, anger, or depression arise within us we have been told to “get over it” or “fight against it!” These emotions are usually associated with suffering and, as human beings, we don’t…


 

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