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When you have an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, your mind is constantly ticking with numbers. The numbers on the tape measure, the numbers on the scales, the numbers in nutrition tables stamped onto your food. It's all about making those numbers smaller, day by day, and going to extreme lengths to achieve the lowest numbers you can. The mirror seems to show you a distorted picture that's still 'not thin enough', even if everyone else thinks you're wasting away.
Anorexia kills one in four of its sufferers, which is why it's so important to recognise that this way of thinking is unhealthy and unrealistic, so that it can be overcome.

As a teen I had a lot of insecurities with my body, as is very common, and recognised that I'd developed anorexic behaviour and thoughts. I sought advice early on, gained loads more body confidence over the years and now absolutely love my healthy figure. As it can develop into a full mental disorder I know it's not that easy for many people, but I hope at least other teens will recognise this way of thinking before it's too late and find a path of body positivity instead. Nobody deserves to go through life feeling uncomfortable in their own skin!
For more information on eating disorders and getting the help you need: b-eat

Thanks for all your :+fav:s & comments ♥
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himesagi Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist
very empowering pic Kezzi
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lemonsooh Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
I put this in my cringe folder CURSE YOU! 
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KelliKat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
I love this picture.  Though I've never suffered from a true eating disorder, this resonates with me for the times in my life where my self esteem rose and fell inversely with the numbers on the scale and the tape measure.  I can imagine you felt it 1000's of times stronger and commend you for rising above such a deadly disease.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for your comment - that low feeling when the numbers rise sure does resonate with many people, whether they go on to develop an eating disorder or not, and it's terrible. There's only so much fist-shaking we can do at the magazines that on one page berate any celebrity that puts on a couple of pounds, yet on the next page tell us to love ourselves the way we are - we all need to rise above it as a society and fully embrace the real range of natural healthy sizes and figures without putting down any body type in the process. The pressure to look a certain way has claimed so many young lives, and will continue to unless everybody is able to feel that their individual body is normal and beautiful!
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YumeNox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very brave ... !
A dear and close friend of mine went through anorexia too... i understand how difficult it is.... :(
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate that ♥
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Ssargasm Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Wow, I can' believe I just found this.
My aunt was a victim of an eating disorder. She died at age 40.
My father later informed me the basis of it was that my grandmother had constantly insulted her on her weight as a young child.
I'm glad you were able to beat it down. Now I hope that my aunt's daughter can do the same.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry to hear that your aunt was claimed by this, it's a very real danger facing eating disorder victims.. and it's horrible how she was forced into it by such insult. :hmm:
Luckily mine was caused by my own self-insult, and because of that it was probably easier for me to turn it around. Best wishes to your aunt's daughter as well, nobody deserves to suffer with an eating disorder. ♥
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tonijoanne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my gosh, you suffered from anorexia? I just want to say you're a very strong girl, one of my best friends has recently been told she has anorexia and I'm trying to help her through it, it's hard as I've been involved with something like this, I know I can't cure her of it, like I wish I could but do you think I could boost her self confidence up a little? She's so confused by everything and doesn't really understand how serious this is which doesn't make her motivated enough to get it sorted out.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, that means a great deal to me - it was tough snapping myself out of it but I did get some counselling, which really helped. c: Helping someone suffering with anorexia realise that they're going down the wrong path isn't easy, especially if they haven't realised how serious it is - but something good to do is to compliment her when you notice she's eating, or if she complains she's feeling fat. Tell her she looks gorgeous when she has an appetite, and that the food makes her glow. She does need to realise how serious her illness is, so do tell her how concerned you are for her and that you don't want to see her waste away to nothing. One in four sufferers of anorexia dies, so try to prompt her to get back on her feet by telling her this and saying that she is much, much better off being alive and healthy with enough weight on her (emphasise that she won't get "fat", only more gorgeous) than dead with a wasted life. This might really shock her, and it's that shock that pushed me onto the right path. I really hope it works for her, and best of luck! ♥
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tonijoanne Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. Thank you so much, I'm going to give it ago, this really will help, thank you! <3
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hope it does! You're very welcome ♥
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Phantom-Phanatic77 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've fought both anorexia and bulimia. It sucks. Learning to love yourself for how you are is tough. but you can do it.
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Heavynne Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
So strong. I find it amazing that you have overcome something like that. And even though you can be so insecure sometimes, i think you're lovely <3
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much sweetheart, I really appreciate that <3
You're even more lovely! :huggle:
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Heavynne Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
<3 You're welcome hun
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livin-in-the-moment Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I love this :heart: ! it has such a strong meaning behind it, and not may people realise that they are perfect the way thier are and that you don't need the smallest numbers to be happy.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm really glad you find it effective! <3
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FabAngelx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
What amazingly strong picture! It shows how anorexics and other eating disordered are in constant struggle with the numbers.
I have an eating disorder myself, so I know it can be like going through sheer hell. :( I hope this pic can help making people aware of this horrible disease. There is so much more behind it than just 'wanting to be thin'. It's the troubles beyond that. And a serious illness.
I hope you're doing ok now. No one ever diserves to suffer this way. :hug:
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, that means a lot! I'm really glad you find my photo effective. <3
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FabAngelx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
You're welcome. <3
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xmissa7xx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Amazing work and such a sad story :( but it is the reality ..
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
It sure is~ ;3;
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Princess-Cupcake Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
this piece means so very much more to me than words could ever explain.
i think it's a beautiful photograph, that explains so well how the eating disordered mind works.
yet it also gives me a little hope that someday things might become a bit brighter.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you like the concept, and thanks very much. <3
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FS-XXVII Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010   Interface Designer
I feel the same way...this is a fine way to depict such a mental struggle.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
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JuriaScarlet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Interesting photo <3
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
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JuriaScarlet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
You're welky ~
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KristeNeko Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
...So true.
Amazing pic.
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. c:
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KristeNeko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You are welcome. 8D
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Guinnygirl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your pictures always have such pretty lighting, I just wanted to say that~
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like them! :la:
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Egonnakii Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010

This needs to be an eating disorder campaign poster-picture type, it needs to have a daily deviation, and it needs to be on most popular of all time on dA :rose:

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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you like it! Thanks so much <3
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Egonnakii Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
:aww:
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Azoz7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow everything it is numbers really nice shot
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! c:
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WhoIsRJunie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I think this deserves a Daily Deviation <3 I would suggest but I have no clue how D;
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