There are starving children in Africa, be grateful and finish your plate

I’d heard it since the day I was born, the phrase that haunts me to this day. I know my parents were simply teaching us to be grateful. What they didn’t know was that this was an invitation to over indulge and pretend in your mind that it’s the right thing to do. It’s a wonderful way make an excuse to overeat when the portion size at the restaurant is more than the human stomach is designed to hold. It’s a fabulous way for a person who has developed an eating disorder to binge only to be followed up with self induced vomiting and or over use of laxatives and syrup of ipecac.


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  1. Agreed.
    I have heard that sentence way too often as well… Though it was also like “There will be sunshine tomorrow if you finish”.
    Now, I just feel horrible for wasting food during my binge/purge sessions. And I am raised to be oh so moral. It is pathetic. The world is unfair.

    • Ironically, the whole idea of wasting food that could keep people alive sometimes gives me the strength to refrain from purging at all. It does, however, make the restricting much more hard to resist, and that is where the big “addiction” is for me.


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