10 things NOT to say to a person recovering from an eating disorder (and they've all been said to me since I've been home by people who should know better because I've talked to them about this):
1. It's impossible to eat that much and still lose weight (I hear: You're a pig).
2. You wouldn't look so big if you wore normal clothes (I hear: You're massive).
3. From the doctor in the ER: Frankly, I see nothing wrong with you (I hear: Go home, keep doing what you're doing).
4. Well, you look better. (I hear: You don't look sick anymore. You look healthy. You look fat).
5. Wow, that target weight sounds really high (I hear: FAT... = you'll never be pretty).
6. Are you really going to eat all of that? (I hear: You're such a pig!)
7. I'm so fat/I look horrible/I need to lose weight- referring to yourself (I think: If YOU need to lose weight, I must be disgusting).
8. Well, I'm on a diet and I'm eating x calories per day (I hear: ...and you're a pig because you eat twice that much!).
9. Aren't people with EDs thin? (I hear: You're faking it.)
10. Can't you lose weight healthily? (First of all, no, I can't; that's why it's a disorder. Secondly, all I hear is "LOSE WEIGHT NOW.")
And a freebie: 11. I would never eat... insert food/drink here. I've been told that V8 fusion, all carbs, nuts, organic chicken, organic eggs, and I forget what else are all horrible for me. And that's just this week. My food choices are not up to my mom, my friends, my sister, or even my therapist: they're between my doctor, my nutritionist and I.