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Distorted images explantion? - April 30th 2015, 08:49 AM

Can distorted body image thining be put on other people? Like okay so there is a lot of stuff on facebook right now with plus size models or even people who are normal size I find fat right now. For some reason I think there all fat unless there like rib cages are showing. And I don't mean this in a bad way I think all body types are beautiful I just I honestly don't know. could it be that because I have distored body image I think that or I think that because I'm so fat ? I mean like when your watching Dr.Phil and there is a person with an ED on there and all your family goes damn she is way too skinny. I honestly can't see anything wrong with them. Honestly I have know clue if this makes any sense to anybody but I hope it does. I'm just looking for some answers.


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Re: Distorted images explantion? - April 30th 2015, 05:48 PM

*It's not so much as an explanation I can offer you and more my opinion. I think if you spend a lot of time looking at sites or pictures of skinnier bodies that might become the norm to you. Then you might see slightly bigger, still healthy and considered thin by other people's standards, bodies and compare them to what has become your norm.

Just remember that seeing a rib cage generally doesn't correspond to health. Although that might be someone's natural body size and they may be perfectly helpful at that weight, the vast majority of the population may have to restrict their diet beyond what is healthy to reach that shape.



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Re: Distorted images explantion? - April 30th 2015, 06:11 PM

I can't really explain this but I can say that you will be okay in the long run i bet you aren't fat just because someone's rib cage is showing it doesn't mean that they are skinny. Or because it isn't showing that the person is fat.

I think you might want to go talk to and talk to your doctor.

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Re: Distorted images explantion? - April 30th 2015, 09:53 PM

Can someone actually explain this?

I don't look at thinspo at all.


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Re: Distorted images explantion? - April 30th 2015, 10:54 PM

We're not professionals: if we can't help you, you need to seek help from a professional. I know it sucks, and I know it's hard to do but we don't have all the answers. Even if we can't help, we'll always listen to you



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Re: Distorted images explantion? - May 1st 2015, 02:32 AM

There isn't really a rock solid way to explain this. The best I can think of is this. You have an image of what you wish your body looked like, which is influenced by your eating disorder. To you, that is the "perfect body". It's possible that you're projecting that idea onto other people, simply because it's your idea of perfection. If a person doesn't meet that standard, you consider them imperfect and on the heavier side, even if they are still healthy and considered thin by societal standards.

It's kind of a stretch, but it's almost like someone who is more attracted to blonde people than brunette people. They don't necessarily think negatively of a brunette person (the same way you don't think negatively of people that you perceive as heavier than the perfect body type), but it's not rightto them. In their opinion, that person could be better if they had blonde hair. Like I said, that connection was kind of a stretch, so I'm sorry if it didn't make sense. I was just trying to think of a way to explain it outside of the realm of eating disorders.

I hope this helped a little. At the very least, I hope it didn't confuse you more.


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Re: Distorted images explantion? - May 1st 2015, 05:26 AM

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There isn't really a rock solid way to explain this. The best I can think of is this. You have an image of what you wish your body looked like, which is influenced by your eating disorder. To you, that is the "perfect body". It's possible that you're projecting that idea onto other people, simply because it's your idea of perfection. If a person doesn't meet that standard, you consider them imperfect and on the heavier side, even if they are still healthy and considered thin by societal standards.

It's kind of a stretch, but it's almost like someone who is more attracted to blonde people than brunette people. They don't necessarily think negatively of a brunette person (the same way you don't think negatively of people that you perceive as heavier than the perfect body type), but it's not rightto them. In their opinion, that person could be better if they had blonde hair. Like I said, that connection was kind of a stretch, so I'm sorry if it didn't make sense. I was just trying to think of a way to explain it outside of the realm of eating disorders.

I hope this helped a little. At the very least, I hope it didn't confuse you more.
Thank you Sammi...This helped a lot.


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