When I was around 22 I was the thinnest I’ve ever been – I was also experiencing the darkest days of my life.
I didn’t confide in anyone and on the outside – to the people around me – I looked like I was thriving.
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We’ve been conditioned to believe that thin is best and that anyone who manages to drop a few kilos deserves – and is seeking – our unconditional praise. That all weight-loss is good weight-loss. But in reality, it’s not.
If you look beneath the surface, there’s often a lot of pain and suffering masquerading as a slimmer figure.
Bad weight-loss can take many forms – someone who’s dropped a considerable amount of weight could be silently suffering from an eating disorder, they might be experiencing loss and grief, or going through a really stressful period.
Perhaps they’re so riddled with anxiety they can’t even stomach the smallest amount of food – no matter how much they try. Or they could be battling a health issue, one which has taken away all their strength and diminished their fat reserves.