The scale for this part of the test was 0-5.
If you had a score of 2 or higher that meant you screened positive.
I score a 2.
Mild eating disorder. Nothing extreme like before, nothing I’m too surprised about either.
You never really stop feeling it, the innate feeling that you are not good enough. That your body is good enough.
I can look at pictures of me from before and think to myself “much too thin. Unhealthily thin.” And I think I’ve made progress.
I look in the mirror somedays and I like what I see, a slim yet fit girl at a 4’11 stature. No frail looking arms, no “abs” abnormally prominent at all times. A girl with a sweet face and a soft but toned stomach.
Other days are harder. I see a child. Hips not big enough, a face that is too full when I smile—memories of baby fat still aglow. Long arms but a short torso that feel oddly mashed together.
The hardest days are the ones when I feel the past mindset trickling in. Because those days I don’t need to eat more than a few bites of my food. As long as there are no headaches I am fine. I don’t need to eat another slice of pizza just because I’m not entirely full yet. My breasts are too big and abnormally placed on my chest, my stomach protrudes ever so slightly but enough to make my skin crawl.
I am in a world where I must be perfect. My size, my look, my entire being is scrutinized to make sure I still fit my “brand”. I am trying desperately to love myself in this world. Mentally? I may always score a 2, I may always live with a constant scratch in the record that causes me to think of old habits.
But I can also sit here and say that it’s a 2, not a 5. I doubt myself, but I know when I need help. This is a journey I must go on, sometimes I may need a guide along the way.
You can live with the thoughts of a 2, but always rely on the fact that you know how to get to 0.
That is hope I hold onto for myself. The idea that helps me know that self love is attainable for me.