If I like myself at this weight, then this is what I'm going to be. I don't have an eating disorder.
I don't believe you have to have eating disorders and mental illness to screw up.
Our society's strong emphasis on dieting and self-image can sometimes lead to eating disorders. We know that more than 5 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, most of them young women.
Food can become such a point of anxiety - not because it's food, but just because you have anxiety. That's how eating disorders develop.
Part of treatment for drugs and alcohol is you abstain from these, but with eating disorders you can't abstain from food so the treatment is longer than drugs and alcohol.
I think sometimes what happens is that all of this feeling out of control manifests itself in trying to control your body; whether it's an eating disorder or talking about getting your nose fixed, as if that's going to be the solution to all the pressure.
Eating disorders can have serious medical and psychological consequences which, left unchecked, can kill. Parents should address this issue and ask their children to discuss how they feel about themselves.
I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything.
I keep telling myself that I'm a human being, an imperfect human being who's not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.
There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.
We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need.
Anorexia, you starve yourself. Bulimia, you binge and purge. You eat huge amounts of food until you're sick and then you throw up. And anorexia, you just deny yourself. It's about control.
I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that’s not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, 'Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately.'
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
Falling, falling, falling, falling down. Look yourself in the eye before you drown.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.
It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.
What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!