IT'S A FALSE WIN TO GET THIN THROUGH AN EATING DISORDER
September 3, 2020
Let's start out with a little history! (Trust me 🙋♀️ I have a point)
Back in 279 BC, Pyrrhus of Epirus won a most triumphant victory over the Romans in the Battle of Asculum. BUT the battle ended up destroying much of his forces, he lost his best soldiers, many of which were his family and dear friends.
While a tactical victory, he had to end his campaign...the casualties were so great, the cost so high, that it outweighed the win itself.
Although he was praised for winning the battle, he said that he never wanted to win again, he would preferred to have his family and friends.
Today this is known as a 'Pyrrhic Victory' - "a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat" (Wikipedia)
A false win because the costs are too high.
The shrinking of your body size through an eating disorder is much the same.
You might lose weight, you might get thin, and when all the compliments and praise start, when you can fit into the clothes, when you feel those hits of confidence, It will likely feel like a victory.
But when you look at what it costs you to win the war against your weight, When you have no energy to devote to the things you care about, When it interferes with your relationships because you hide & lie & sneak around, When you can't focus at work or school, When you struggle to truly enjoy your life or feel joy,
AND all you do is think about food and weight...
You might start asking yourself “is it really worth it?”
When we lose weight, it feels like a win, but when the win costs you your life and well-being “it inflicts such a devastating toll, it's actually a defeat.”
It's a false win.
Take it from a girl who had an eating disorder for 10 years.
It's a Pyrrhic Victory and not one worth fighting for.