Trigger me

I need you to explain this whole “trigger” thing to me.

Here is what I am hearing, not sure it is accurate, but here goes:

If I am proana, I am seeking to view and read materials which will trigger me to not eat, since my goal is to be thinner or anorexic. Thinspiration was born out of this idea right? Ok, this part I get.

If I have an eating disorder and I am working to recover, I am to avoid viewing and reading things which may trigger me to restrict, purge, or engage in some behavior which would be considered negative for my recovery goal.

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Here’s where I get stuck issue. The world is a trigger.  

Hypothetical case in point; I am sitting in the LaGuardia airport writing this post, I glance up to see the dreaded magazine stand filled with thin beauties and perfect glistening bodies. I get up, walk away from the situation, only to walk right into a huge ass billboard for some broadway show with a half naked airbrushed babe…Miss Perfect Live. Turn the corner, and there’s girls everywhere waiting for planes. I scan them up and down, they are way skinny.

I now feel like shit about myself. I head to the restroom, try to avoid the full length mirror, but can’t resist. One glance at my legs, arms, stomach -it’s over. Negative thoughts start, I’m fat. I am a loser. I am not eating today. I need to work out.

Is this a realistic reinactment of what you girls go through? How the heck are you to avoid triggers in this world? It seems impossible to me.

More over, it doesn’t seem healthy, nor realistic. I mean, you’ve got to live in this world and learn how to deal with your ED, and yourself, and all the influences in your life.

Isn’t part of therapy to learn how to survive, learn how to accept yourself, learn mantras on what to tell yourself when you start slipping?

Help me get a grip on this concept please.

mamaV 

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39 Responses to Trigger me

  1. Angie says:

    The triggers are more than that, or sometimes less. I can just casually look at a magazine cover and not be triggered. When it says something like 100 tips for a better body, I can roll my eyes. Usually my triggers are videos- my last one was an episode of Sailor Moon. Seeing something that says “this is the perfect body”, that will trigger me. Just seeing a skinny girl? no. It has to be something intense.

  2. Kim says:

    Oh my God, you are so right. You are right in identifying triggers for me, although numbers are a huge trigger for me whether it calories, pounds, bmi’s but what I guess I wasnt considering is that instead of avoiding these, I need to be able to be strong kind of inspite of them–the thing is I just have no idea how to do this or more correctly, if I am strong enough to do this. Ugh, honestly my first thought after reading this is you are totally right and then Im not sure if I can survive this. Does this make sense??? Weird my first thought is finding a way out of this life as the world and life terrify me. I think the therapists in treatment were right that I likely stopped in my development when the sexual abuse began, but who cares my question would be then how do I make up for all that lost time and “learned” or “lived” basic development??? I dont have any answers only more and more questions. So do you think we create our specific or range of “triggers” so that we can continue and/or be successful in what we believe to be control, in my case, anorexia???

  3. Kim says:

    Sorry, now my mind is going…So, does this mean I should focus on numbers??? The numbers on the scale, the number of calories I take in or restrict, my bmi??? If so how can I make my thinking do this in a positive way as I think my current way of thinking would see these numbers and start to give me the messages that I am not low enough, that I am not good enough, that if only I were lower, smaller…. My ed thinking goes wild and unfortunately, for whatever reason, my brain or whatever believes these messages and if there are any positives messages that do result from doing these behaviors my brain does not know how to read or receive these. Am I making sense? And then do I continue with viewing youtube ana videos??? When I do this, I become somewhat consumed and not in a positive way. I compare every image and think less and less of myself because I could be doing more to be even lower and lower, which in a sense is more like losing more and more of myself. But in a sense, I guess in my mind the only way one becomes a “perfect” anorexic is by death because unless you die you are always reaching more and more to attain it. hmmm…

  4. Kim says:

    How do we learn to survive this???

  5. Kim says:

    thanks mama v, have safe travels

  6. Josie (Joey) says:

    Well – different things are triggering to different extents. It’s true that the whole world is triggering, but some things are worse than others.
    For example – you don’t weigh yourself – that is avoiding a trigger. But you spend time around other women which IS a trigger, but not as big a trigger as weighing.
    It’s just like that for all of us. I think, to recover, you need to know your biggest triggers and either avoid them or deal with them.

    But then, how would you deal with them?
    Like, the example of you, how would you go about weighing yourself again and feeling okay about seeing the number?

  7. Kim says:

    Last comment here I promise… Is the definition of trigger always a negative then??? Would the opposite of a trigger be a memory which would be a positive then??? I say this as I am thinking of other things that “trigger” a feeling or emotion in me and one that comes to mind is I have a particular song that if I hear it I think of Jack’s death, where I was when I found out, my response and his funeral. For me that song is not a memory but more a trigger as I have a negative feeling, ie. sadness, loneliness, anger. Now when I hear another song, I picture Jack and I dancing and having fun so I consider that a positive and a memory. Am I way off here or does anyone have these same thoughts and questions?

  8. Vanessa says:

    i think that the ideas behind triggers are first to identify things that cause you to engage in harmful behaviors. the first mistake people make is that not everything that makes you feel bad about your body is a trigger and often things that make you feel bad that have nothing to do with body image are triggers.

    once you know your triggers then you come up with strategies- some things you avoid, some things you cope with in different ways, like by substituting a positive message for the negative ones in your head. so when you see an image that triggers you you make yourself think or say something like “she has nothing to do with me, i’m ok the way i am” or whatever. or you might call a supportive friend and talk when you are triggered. in early recovery avoiding things can be more important, since before you learn strategies it’s best to keep yourself as safe as possible.

    the problem is that many people learn to use the word trigger as an excuse. like “i did this because you triggered me” or “i couldn’t help myself because i got triggered by such and so.”

    i’m word perfect on this crap. thank you soooo much recovery process. the only thing i didn’t learn was how to permanently get rid of my ed.

  9. -Jen- says:

    I agree that it is absolutely impossible to avoid all triggers. They are EVERYWHERE! It is possible, though, to make an effort to avoid some of those things. Just because I see a magazine with “thin beauties and perfect bodies,” doesn’t mean that I have to pick it up and read it. That’s something that is avoidable. It’s a choice that I have to make. Who needs to read that junk anyway? (Oh, wait. I read that junk. Good thing those pictures are no longer triggering to me!) When I was IP we were no allowed to have those kinds of magazines or watch shows that were in any way “triggering.” I learned to step away from the things that were unnecessarily triggering me. The further along I got in my recovery, the less things triggered me. Just last fall there was NOTHING that could get to me. Nothing set me off, nothing I saw in a magazine rack, mirror, or billboard triggered me. That was something that came with a lot of therapy, a lot of time, and tons of confidence. And even now those things don’t get to me. (ok….except maybe the mirror thing! But I was happy with the reflection for a while! That’s gotta count for something!)

    Instead, my trigger was the death of one of my best friends because of the damage that her ED had done to her heart. That still makes absolutely NO sense to me. You would think that my ED would be the last thing I turned to. But I guess not. I’m still trying to figure that one out. My ED took off from there. Any time I’m stressed or worried I work out, or restrict, or throw up. (Sometimes all three in the same day….Pretty great, huh?)

    Triggers are different for everyone. For some people it’s seeing all the super thin models and actresses, and for others its stress. (I would fit into that stress category!!!) There is always going to be something that is triggering….ALWAYS! It’s just something that you have to learn to deal with. There’s no avoiding it.

  10. holyperfection says:

    i honestly dont know what triggers me

  11. Amie says:

    hey mama
    i agree with what your saying, i believe that yes there are things that trigger me to do certan things, but i think by avoiding these things all together, it would be like walking through this world blind. I believe that if people are aware of the things that trigger them then the best thing to do with a safe person eg counselor, friend etc is to explore that thing in depth, i think by doing that you gain awareness and eventually the thing triggering you has no power over you anymore. I dont think i get ‘triggered’ though, i did when i was self-harming and was trying to stop it, but not with my eating stuff… its like i dont need to go onto pro ana sites in order for me not to eat, my motiveation doesnt come from something external anymore, i dont need to watch youtube pro ana vid’s or read glossy magazines, i dont know if that is a good or bad thing… i believe that some girls use the word trigger’ as an excuse it stops them from actually looking at the problem… its not about avioding everything, its about seeing it, exploring it, dealing with it and learning to live with it…
    amie

  12. Laura says:

    Potential “triggers” are everywhere, but for me they are specific and individualized. I could read several beauty magazines and feel nothing, but being in close contact with my family (like a trip) could trigger me. Also eating certain foods. That’s one thing they do at O.A. (i believe), is to identify trigger foods and avoid those. Also watching those VH1 and E! shows about skinny celebrities can trigger thoughts for me. I find it’s just about noticing the triggers, and then to recognize when suddenly I feel negative — i was just triggered, and then instead of engaging in any sort of negative behavior to reflect on what’s going on.

  13. Danielle says:

    stress triggers me.

  14. holyperfection says:

    ive got it … guilt. unfortunately i have no idea how to avoid feeling guilt.

  15. Danielle says:

    Personally, I think people who are like “shield my eyes from thin people because I’m in recovery and that will trigger me” need to realize that the world doesn’t stop just because they are in recovery. I think that a part of recovering is being able to handle seeing images of stick thin models without starving yourself for days afterwards. If people hold your hand and keep those sort of images away from you then you really aren’t recovering. You’re just sort of putting your disorder on the back burner.

  16. lis says:

    I am 27 and have had my ed since I was 12… way too long. I know that for myself stress is a big factor. I look at all the media and the only thing I think of is that I hope that none of my nieces end up like me. My trigger’s usually center around the time of year and memories. For instance; I know that when I have a memory of the abuse from my child hood or the abuse from my husband my head start’s filling with thought’s of blame. The death of my daughter also fill’s my head with thought’s of blame. This would be the trigger. Ed love’s guilt! When I have these feeling’s that is when I want to avoid them. That is when I can see myself and think of how disgusting I am. That is when I see a model and my ed say’s that it will help me avoid these feeling’s by focusing on the weight and my flaw’s. It is my way to punish myself for the guilt. For myself I know that having a good plan and using a support system and the tool’s that you have learned in your recovery can help to change your outlook on the trigger’s. It give’s you the other point of view which can help to stop the spiral. It’s not alway’s perfect and 7 time’s in the hospital tell’s me that. I guess I am just trying to say that for myself it is the emotion’s that are my trigger’s. When the feeling’s get too intense I don’t know how to handle them so my first thought is to stop them. Ed is good at that. The thing is that the feeling’s really don’t go away. As much as I (ED) think they will they do not. It is like hitting your head into a wall over and over expecting a different result. Trigger’s are more mental than visual for me.

  17. Gina says:

    For me I am trying to recovery I’ve been in & out of treatment places & what I’ve realized is just by looking at a magazine & seem Nicole Richie or a star that lost x amount of pounds bothers me.
    But probably my biggest trigger is looking in the mirror. I can’t stand to look in the mirror. Sometimes I’ll just look in the mirror & that will ruion my day. I wont want to eat or eat too much & just g to the bathroom do my thing.
    I think anything can pretty much trigger you if you let it.

  18. mamavision says:

    Hi Jen my friend! Great to see you posting. You make some great points, duh…I should have put it together that stress is a trigger as well.

    One take away from your post is that the power of this disease is so strong that even death of a loved one from it STILL doesn’t make one feel as if it could happen to them. Does this resonate with you?

    The way I relate to this is I don’t worry very much about my own death, but I obsess and fear the death or loss of loved ones. Not sure what that even means but that’s how I feel.

    So, it is curious that your ED comes out when stressed, have you figured out how you are going to get off this track and find other ways to deal with stress?

    Love,
    me

  19. Nats says:

    hummmm triggers are interesting things really. For me I could see a young girls who was 6 stone when she should be 8 or 9 stone and think she is too thin, I can look at magazines and say the girl on the cover is too thin or looks ill. I can even sit through thinspiration videos and feel sick at the end of them.
    Yet one thought about a baby, well that just nearly kills me, if I had my way it would have done by now. I can fall quite quickly and suddenly when it comes to this but everything else, well not worth bothering about for me, the only thing that consumes my head is the baby and this forum.

    Weird really
    xxx

  20. -Jen- says:

    Not only does the death of a loved one not make me feel like it can happen to me, but my own experiences with close calls in the past few months seem to lose their impact after a while. That’s what’s so scary.

    I’m feeling the exact same way you do when it comes to losing loved ones. I’m terrified that I will lose someone else.

    Hopefully I’ll figure out how to get off this crazy track soon. I’m back in therapy… Maybe that will help. I’m ready for this ED stuff to be over….

  21. Rio Iriri says:

    If you can examine this from a PTSD standpoint, it might make more sense. If you have PTSD because of a war experience, loud banging noises may trigger you into flashbacks. If you have it because you’ve been violently raped, you will have different triggers; a lover who says a phrase uttered by the rapist, for example, can cause a panic attack.

    Because of childhood events, someone holding down my legs, even accidentally, will result in a massive panic attack, and the person could end up getting hurt when I am freaking out. Fortunately, my spouse knows this.

    Eating disorder triggers are different, of course, and they depend on the individual’s experiences. A magazine cover isn’t going to bother me. A stranger calling me fat makes me give them the middle finger. Something that makes me very depressed or upset, though, and I’m going to not want food for a while. It wasn’t until recently that cruel comments from friends about my weight caused it; more out of being upset and hurt than wanting to be thin. Generally, anything that makes me feel worthless can send me back into it. Fortunately, my husband pulls me out of that well fairly easily.

  22. Rachel says:

    Ah, triggers. Triggers, triggers everywhere. I do not have ED (yet), but I am damn close. Before I go any further, I would like to thank MamaVISION.com, pro-ana-nation.com, and Ewekwe (sp?) on YouTube. I am fighting through this, and I refuse to succumb to it.

    A bit of background before I explore my personal “triggers.” I am 24 years old, and I have had OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) since I was 15. I also suffer from Bipolar II Disorder (a milder form of BP1), and PMDD (premenstrual disphoria disorder). Quite a mouthful. The OCD has expressed itself through many different manifestations through this near decade. Whether it was fear of bugs, dirt, germs, parasites, etc etc etc.

    Lately, I’ve been on the razor’s edge of going the ED route. Not necessarily “just to be thin,” although I am a bit overweight. It is because it is yet another obsession/compulsion for my mind to focus on as opposed to dealing with the issue at hand: i.e. finances are killing me and I”m generally depressed and pissed off about my situation. It’s a way to be in control of my situation, because I feel that I’ve got no control otherwise. The BPII and PMDD in conjunction with the OCD all make for a very, very intense ride. I can’t handle the intensity, so I feel better when I focus on not eating. I feel better when I weigh myself and I’ve lost a pound. It’s yet another thing to focus on whilst avoiding the issue. I know this, and I’m fighting through it, thanks to the help of this website and the others that I’ve mentioned.

  23. withlovebyli says:

    Ahh triggers. Good subject. When I was recovering I was a hermit. My home was my refuge; the world was too scary. Going out was terrifying because you’re right, media triggers and people triggers were everywhere. I had to build up a tolerance, I tell you, as well as strategies.

    Magazine stand – move on.
    Billboards – hardly glance.
    Other skinny chicks – don’t scrutinize.

    Ignore, ignore, ignore and don’t ever analyze. Keep going, keep moving, don’t pay attention and you can survive and make it through recovery. For if you stare longer than a second then you start to judge, think and compare and it spirals out of control. Little by little you get a handle on them (through therapy and the like) until they are no longer triggers.

    These of course, are just the general triggers. My mother triggers me and it isn’t so easy to run away from your mum. That’s a different issue, different way to handle it.

  24. Carri says:

    This is my first post, so hello. I think this is a great website, I’ve been reading posts, watching videos, laughing and crying for about an hour now. I used to have extreme anorectic behaviors (as well as bulimic), but after I ‘got over’ my eating disorder, I actually reverted to COE and gained 90 pounds (all the weight I had originally lost in the ED phase). Frustrating. Anyhow, now I’m on the track to weight loss again but doing it the right way, the healthy way, and trying so so hard to keep it that way. Sometimes it seems easier just to starve than to work at what I’m doing. I’m not only trying to lose weight but I’m simulataneously fighting the urge to starve. It sucks!

    Anyway, to the topic at hand. For me, ever since I stopped the ED behaviors, I still have triggers. Like, if I have a really, really, really bad day (like extreme fighting with my boyfriend), all I want to do is binge/purge. But I don’t. It is hard to refrain from it sometimes though. The emotional instability definitely triggers me into an ED state of mind. Also, there is a certain CD that I listened to every single day when I had my ED and if I hear it, I usually break down and want to go that route again (even though i know better and the singer himself used to be ana and has since recovered.) It’s just the deep sensation I get inside of me, that screams “YOU ARE FAT, and that is the cause for all your problems”, which is absurd.

    Looking at skinny models, skinny girls in everyday life, and celebrities has never really triggered me (although I tried like hell when I was ana to stare at pictures like that, it never did much). Even in the depths of my ED, I never thought I could, nor really wanted to, achieve the look of any particular person.

    I love your site, I think you are doing the right thing trying to help others, and you will probably see a lot more of me around here. :)

  25. Rachel says:

    Carrie, it’s nice to see a new face as well. I fight with myself on a daily basis on whether or not to starve and/or binge/purge. I’m not full-force into an ED yet, but I’m that. darn. close. For me, it’s just another thing for my mind to obsess and compulse over. It’s quite annoying. I totally hear you on the emotional instability thing. As OCD, BPII, and PMDD, I get a LOT of that, and that’s where it all centers down on. It’s not necessarily the skinny girls or models, etc. I’ve got that same voice inside my head “YOU’RE FAT, and that’s the cause of all of your damned problems!” I’m right now acknowledging that voice and trying to tell it to shut the hell up. It’s f*cking difficult, which is why I come here. I’m trying to work through it WITHOUT succumbing to the temptation of the easy route. The avoidant behaviour. I partake in these avoidant behaviours because it is something else to focus on rather than deep depression, crazy mania, numbers, dirt, germs, etc etc etc…

  26. Lo says:

    When recovering anorexics/bulimics first come out of a treatment center, it’s often shocking for the individual because you’re right, the WORLD is one giant trigger!

    In treatment they tell us to avoid saying anything or doing anything that might trigger someone else (some places call it “red light”). It gets quite annoying. I’ve always thought avoiding triggers was a bunch of bull.

    It gets even more annoying when fellow discharged patients hang around you and comment on everything that is so triggering. Part of the reason people have EDs is BECAUSE the world is so influential with food/body/weight issues. The point of “recovery” is to go back into this world and rise above all that “triggering” garbage.

  27. Elle says:

    Why avoid triggers? Shouldn’t we be trying to develope strength to withstand them? That may sound like good advice, but in reality it isn’t that simple.

    An example would be someone with depression. I have suffered from depression for some time. I am told specifically by my therapist to avoid situations and “triggers” that could result in a depressive episode or a negative thinking pattern. It’s not just about avoiding everything that could “trigger” you, it’s about being responsible enough to not put yourself into dangerous situations and to not search out “triggering” matterial. these situations and triggers can be very different from person to person.

    You wouldn’t go tell someone who is very depressed to go watch the most depressing movie on earth and to build a tolerance to it. That would be stupid. It would be the same to tell anorexics et al to not avoid things that they find triggering. Certainly, one can’t avoid everything that can be triggering or harmful, but that’s when you have to use coping skills. Just like someone who is depressed learns coping skills to deal with negative emotions and what triggers them, those with EDs that are sensetive to triggers should learn and implement coping skills.

    This is why it is important to me to avoid making triggering remarks on forums and to avoid them as well. It just makes good psychological sense. I employ coping skills when I need them, but there is no reason for me to test them at every turn.

    -Elle

  28. Rachel says:

    I agree that the problem in this idea to “avoid triggers” is that everything can become a trigger. Not just from an ED standpoint, but an OCD standpoint as well. It’s an “Oh gosh, he just sneezed, what if his germs spread to me, I’d better hold my breath!!” I’ve read about gradual behavior modification through exposure. For example, a person who touches a dirty floor and immediately has an urge to wash would be prevented from doing it for, say, an hour. This is to eventually dull the anxiety associated with the particular trigger: i.e., the dirty floor. I think that that might be the same principle in external triggers out in the “real world” for people with EDs. See trigger, recognize trigger, acknowledge it’s there, DON’T partake in undesired, unhealthy action because of trigger.

    And, I agree 100%, Elle… There is absolutely no reason to test your triggers and coping skills at every single turn. If it can be dealt with appropriately, then do so, but within reason!!

  29. Majandra lexa says:

    Can I get an AMEN!!!!

  30. Kari says:

    Actually, different people have different triggers. I’m usually not affected by models or skinny girls – I’m 95% more likely to be triggered by very high levels of stress and school/family issues.

  31. Elle says:

    Thanks, Rachel.

    You make a great point yourself. “Triggers” are very personal and can also be difficult to predict. You can’t know exactly how you will react to any stimulus until you can been exposed to it. However, from experience, one can learn of certain things to avoid.

  32. Patricia says:

    Just listen to yourself. You almost sound phony, since in your world, everyone who wants (which would mean actually tries) to recover has a disease. Anyone who is too afraid of letting go their only way to make it through the day is a hypocrite.
    Let me tell you something, something you should know considering you were suffering from anorexia too:
    We wished we could want to lose our eating disorder, but we CAN’T. This is not “pro” talking, but every anorexic’s/bulimic’s/etc.. mind.

  33. Julia Stone says:

    You’ve got it. You get it.
    I can’t go to school and not be triggered.
    I can’t watch television and not be triggered.
    I can’t sit in my own house and avoid media entirely and not be trigged.
    It’s horrid. It’s absolutely horrid.
    We had to read “The Sun Also Rises” in English and there was one line about the lead female romantic, talking about “the long white line of her neck”, that I just can’t get out of my head.
    So yes, you’ve got it. Thank you for understanding.

  34. hopsocks says:

    My trigger will always be my boyfriend. He’ll always find the auswitchz chique look so much more atractive, the girl that never eats and is in that dizzy hazey state will atract his atention; I know my body certainly will never be enough for him.

    The mags and adverts dont phase me anymore, simple raw human biology makes us want to be thin.

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  36. anonymous says:

    I really don’t see how what you are describing is anything different than what a recovering alcoholic may deal with at a party or a restuarant with alcohol around. Yes, it’s impossible to avoid things like skinny models or people in your face being too skinny. But you parade around thinking that any person who appears “TOO THIN” to you has an eating disorder. I’m with Patricia on this one. When you are forty years old and comparing yourself to teenagers, maybe you have some unresolved body image issues yourself. I don’t think the case you described is “hypothetical.” I think you were talking about you.

  37. anonymous says:

    Another thought on the trigger issue. As one poster mentioned, as an IP, they were not allowed to read fashion magazines, etc, because they are considered a bad influence and not cathartic. In an in patient setting, I think this is a wise practice. The same was true for me IP- no fashion magazines, no ed books, no diet articles. Whether or not you can tolerate these things after discharge, in recovery or not, without being triggered is very individial to each person.

    None of these things trigger me- I’d say as other people have mentioned, that stress is probably my biggest trigger. However, I do think that most therapists treating eating disorders tend to discourage their ed patients from actively seeking out these types of images.
    This is not to say that you can’t ever avoid a billboard or the skinny celeb on the cover of People while on line at CVS, but like many people have said, you don’t have to pick it up, just like an alcoholic at a party doesn’t have to have a glass of wine.

    While these images do not bother me, I can understand that they bother and trigger others. My problem with MV posting these images is that this is supposed to be a pro-recovery website, and she actively seeks out these images and posts them, making unrelenting commentary on how skinny they are. I understand why she does this, which is to send a message that people who look like that are not healthy.

    I have two problems with this:

    1.) depending upon the person viewing it and what stage they are in in their ed, they might not be able to see that the person in the photo is unhealthy and aspire to look like them. This is a behavior that she is always criticizing, and rightfully so, but by intentionally choosing to post these images, she is inviting people to do just that, as 2 posts on her SJP post reflect. It really doesn’t matter that any pro-anna person can find these images anywhere. It’s the contradiction in her message.

    2.) While I understand that she is not an expert, she does consider herself a role model and activist against eating disorders, and by posting these pictures, she is going against the mainstream of what most professional ed experts encourage their clients and patients to avoid when possible. It is impossible to avoid such images in this society, but it is possible to LIMIT the exposure to them by not reading that diet ad, or how Jennifer Aniston got her body article. I think that is sound, practical advice and just plain common sense. I don’t think any therapist suggests that a person with ED live in a bubble, but there are ways to control triggers w/ very hard work and motivation. No one claims it is easy.

    For me, and this is my opinion, MV posting these images is less so about triggers, but more about a responsibility to bear in mind what professionals who treat Eds discourage from focusing on.

  38. Nats says:

    Anon, have we spoken before by any chance??

    Nats

  39. anonymous says:

    we may have awhile back. I seem to remember we disagreed on a lot of stuff, but that’s ok. I don’t mean to come across as overly harsh or critcal, but sometimes, I just strongly feel that MV contradicts herself and doesn’t practice what she preaches. But, that’s me. I know she’s well intentioned, but I think there has to come a point where someone says wait a minute… I think you are crossing the line here and being hypocritical and misinformed. The media DOES NOT CAUSE EATING DISORDERS, nor does SJP, and whether or not she has one is really her private beeswax until she chooses to speak out about it.

    Unfortunately, she doesn’t share my view and that’s fine too, but I am not going to sit back and not call her out on this stuff when she does it.

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