“It’s rare to hear a blokes perspective on the matter but in light of Body Image Awareness Week, I decided to share a few honest words on social media and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
This one if for all the brothers, sisters, parents, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, cousins, aunties, uncles, grandparents and friends – We may not be the ones suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating but that certainly doesn’t mean we’re not infected by these deadly diseases.
It might be our loved ones who are diagnosed, but it is us who cop the brunt and endure the suffering just as much as they do. We live with it everyday; It’s in our face, it’s on our minds and it’s under our skin.
Our desperate words of encouragement to put an end to the meaningless damage always seem to fall on deaf ears. However, I assure you that as difficult as it might be and as under appreciated as you may feel, your unconditional love and relentless support doesn’t go unnoticed.
I’ve seen sides of my sister, Jessica, that would shock the devil to his core. For years I was her emotional and physical punching bag. She abused me just as much as she abused herself. She compulsively lied to me on countless occasions and did so without a conscience. Jessica’s eating disorder was ridiculously consuming that it ruined friendships and relationships all around her. She was spiralling out of control and at times I felt like I was being dragged into the vortex. She pushed me to breaking point nearly everyday, but I always knew in the back of my mind that she would eventually combat the disease and rise above it. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel; I just needed her to see it as well. And looking at where she is today and seeing how far she has come is a testament to my belief.
As difficult as it was growing up with a sister suffering from an Eating Disorder (ED) amongst many other issues, I stuck by her and I never left her corner. I am extremely proud to see the positive impact she is having on the world today. Her talks, workshops, videos, photos and her #JoinTheRevolution campaign has touched the lives of many across the globe. I can only hope that her story continues to resonate and inspire others to begin their own road to recovery.
With that being said, I’d like to encourage anyone who is living with an ED or knows somebody suffering from negative body image to JOIN THE REVOLUTION. You don’t have to name names or fill in a survey or donate money, simply participate by posting a picture of yourself with this Join The Revolution sign. (Found here)
1 MILLION Australians are victim to an eating disorder so I expect to see a few photos! It’s really easy.. you can print the sign, create your own, use your smartphone, set the image as a screensaver or get as creative as you like. It’s all about AWARENESS. Issues surrounding body image is serious business.”