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  1. Nats says:

    Ok, with your video my opinion is that I dont think you should have to change your blog at all, I and a number of others have been following you for years just how you are and what you say etc and its never done anything to trigger me as faras I can remember. There are so many triggers out there, posters, billboards, magazines, the TV, everything in life is a trigger, for me, a comment by someone could be a trigger depending on what they have said, but this doesn’t happen on here, if I am wrong then someone needs to point out to me where the trigger is and who its affected because to my knowledge its never happened, if I am wrong ill admit I am wrong but I am going by what I see and what others talk to me about.

    This is one of the places that I have found that isn’t triggering for me, its one place I can actually escape them. So for me, keep the blog as it is!!

  2. anonymous says:

    I think abesolutely, life is a trigger, and you are responsible for your own triggers. I’ve been taught in therapy not to seek images out of skinny models, and diet articles, books, etc if I see them at stores or bill boards. I mainly just block them out if I see them because I don’t have much hope that that kind of stuff in our society will ever change. It’s the sufferer that needs to do the work and the changing, not the media.

    So, seeing pictures of that kind of thing doesn’t bother me because I’ve learned to tune it out. But depending on someone’s state in recovery, they might not be able to do that as easily, and I can see how some people who come to this site for help or to vent can find the pictures she posts triggering and disturbing. There is a difference between happening to see this stuff by accident because it’s everywhere in the media, and then making a conscious choice to repost them on a blog geared to be against eating disorders and positive body image.

    Her response to this is- if you don’t like it, don’t visit my site. I think this is insensitive because people come here for help and to seek support from other ed sufferer’s. Posting images of emmaciated models is not very helpful to people with eating disorders. It does not trigger me, but I fully understand how it may trigger others. I think it is possible to talk about the dangers of eating disorders without posting all the gruesome pictures.

    For example, I recently read an article about a Nebraska girl who died of anorexia- but It did not have a picture of the girl looking like a bag of bones and I think I mentioned it on here. I think stuff that discusses the medical dangers of eating disorders rather than gross pictures is a more cathartic way of emphasizing how serious they are in a less in your face way.

    She has made it clear that she really doesn’t care if these pictures bother her audience, and well, I think that’s kind of obnoxious, because I really believe she does a lot of great work in the ED community, but somethings she does and says contradict it and posting pictures like she did of the Ralph Lauren thing is one of them, in my opinion.

    She doesn’t have to be an eating disorder therapist to know that anyone in treatment- recovering, recovered, or not recovering is encouraged to try at all costs to avoid this crap, the same way an alcoholic might be told to try and avoid events with alcohol when and if they can prevent it. This in my opinion is just flat common sense.

    I think posting pictures like that feeds ED behavior- because most people with hard core anorexia find looking like that the ideal and normal and don’t see themselves as having a problem and it just encourages them to keep restricitng. At least that’s how I was at my worst.

    Secondly, it just draws more attention to something that is unacceptable and encourages it to be more in your face because of the contraversy in the media and does not need more web hits or selling more magazines. I say, do your best to walk away and focus on your own recovery and try not to let it get to you. But that’s hard to do when people are provoking it by re-advertising these images- as she did with Ralph Lauren.

    As she said in her video, she thinks not posting things that could trigger or encourage eating disordered behavior is silly. I disagree.

  3. Noelle says:

    While I totally agree that life is a trigger – and I agree with not changing the policy, I think it’s important that triggers are acknowledged and maybe this can be (maybe it is already done) with titles that are relevant and descriptive (ie. “Girl with Anorexia Dies” instead of “And another one…” or something like that) because that way people have more power to be selective about what the read. Some of the stuff posted here is relevant and SHOULD be read by all people with eating disorders. Other stuff, it is a potential trigger and it isn’t stuff that we’d face in the real world on a regular basis.

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