WHO IS MAMA’s ARMY?
Nats, a regular here, called the community Mama’s Army. That cracked me up so, here we go.
I am often asked- who is your community? how old are they? why do they read your blog? My answer has been a big… I don’t know!
So I posted a survey called Who Are You? a while back and I have finally compiled the results from the 88 girls who participated. Thank you all for your candid, honest responses.
Note: Calculations are approximate. Not all add up to 100% due to not responses and other factors.
Here’s a snapshot of who we are:
16-19 = 45%
20-29 = 40%
30-45 = 15%
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
1) ProAna 2) looking for recovery 3) inspiration and support 4) non-competitive environment 5) various other responses noted.
WHAT IS THE CORE OF YOUR EATING DISORDER?
Mental Disease = 42%
Desire to be Thin = 35%
Both = 23%
*This is key because I am stuck on this factor when it comes to the cause of eating disorders. I believe we may be genetically pre-disposed to develop an eating disorder, but environmental factors play a key, large role.
IF MENTAL DISEASE IS YOUR CORE, WHY?
Control = 30%
Guilt/Shame = 20%
Perfection = 10%
Fear = 5%
All = 35%
IF THE DESIRE TO BE THIN IS YOUR CORE ISSUE, WHY?
I am overweight = 5%
Peer pressure = 5%
Mom & Dad = 20%
Models & Hollywood = 20%
Other = 50%
MODELS ARE 5’9, SIZE 0, DOES THIS MATTER TO YOU?
This means nothing to me = 20%
This means everything to me, I would do anything to have a models body =35%
Bothers me, but its not going to change = 20%
Bothers me, and I would support an effort to pressure the fashion industry = 25%
Ready for more? Let’s dig deeper:
1 Here are some new questions that have been spurred from the first round:
If you believe your eating disorder stems from a mental disease, why?
If you believe your eating disorder stems from a desire to be thin, why?
If you believe your eating disorder stems from both, why?
2 If you stated control is the core of your eating disorder, define control.
If you stated guilt/shame is the core of your eating disorder, define guilt/shame.
If you stated perfection is the core of your eating disorder, define perfection.
3 If you have not talked to your parents about your eating disorder why?
If you have talked to your parents about your eating disorder, what was the result?
4 What would you like to see added to mamaVISION?
5 How can I help you more? (I know being more available would help, how else?)
6 What should we do with the donations collected from mamaVISION.com?
7 What do you think about having a specific person you could call at the NEDA hotline, rather than cold calling? Would you be more likely to call?
8 If you are sick of answering questions, why?
Love you all,
I had to end with this image, I love it. Strength, self confidence, belief in yourself, that’s what its all about.