lifestyle

Real Talk: Gaining Weight

If you look at a photo of me from 6 months ago, you'll notice I look a bit different. It's obvious that I've gained a significant amount of weight over the last few months. Now talking about weight gain is something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but I've come to realize that I can't control how people react to my writing, my content, my art, or my general existence. So, I'm going to do the scary thing and talk about it anyways.

I’d firstly like to remind you that while I’m comfortable discussing the changes in my body, a lot of people aren’t! So you guys, all I want to say is, just don’t be a dick. Keep your comments/observations about other people’s weight and shape to your damn self, okay? TYSM! So now, let’s get to it!

My weight gain has been one of the things that have come along with having a particular mental illness. I’ve talked about my eating disorder very openly and I try to educate people as much as I can on this topic. I think the one thing that shocks people the most is how long the healing process takes. I’ll never forget the moment when I was in a residential treatment facility and I heard the clinical director say “it usually takes people about 7 to 12 years to recover from eating disorder, sometimes shorter or longer, it just depends”.