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This Poem Shows The Effect Eating Disorders Have On People's Lives

"Soon enough you feel like you’re in control again."

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This poem articulates the thoughts and challenges a person with an eating disorder might experience. Through poetry and dance, it shows one person's journey to recovery and acceptance:

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"In the beginning it was simple enough. It may have started as just a diet — you pay attention to what you eat but more than you should ... and pay more and more attention to what you look like."


"You’ve lost sight of the things you once cared about and go quiet, withdraw. You’ve pushed away the people that love you by lying to them. You insist you're OK, but they know that’s not true and so do you."


"You are excellent at noticing what can be improved and you know how to suffer through hard work. Do not waste those skills. Repurpose that drive and determination and make beautiful things out of it."

"Things will never go back to normal. You will have bad days and occasionally take steps backward."

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"This is to be expected and it does not mean that you have failed. It just gives you more fuel with which to move forward."