(Content warning: Eating disorders, fatphobia, calorie counts)
“How could I not fall in love with my illness?”
If you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, you know how difficult it can be to recover. In this heart-wrenching slam poem, Blythe Baird shares how it feels to go from being the girl everyone calls “fat” to being the one congratulated for her weight loss – weight she lost to an eating disorder.
Everyone deserves support when they’re struggling – and being healthy isn’t about being thin. Blythe’s words remind us of exactly why. Find out what it’s like to go through and overcome these horrible struggles, and why this brave poet is now proud to “have stopped seeking revenge on this body.”
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- 5 Facts About Eating Disorders You Won’t Learn from Mainstream Media
- Ready to Heal Your Relationship with Yourself in Eating Disorder Recovery? Try the 5 (Body) Love Languages
Blythe Baird is an 19-year-old poet, actress, and feminist. In 2014, she represented Chicago as one of the youngest competitors to ever compete at the National Poetry Slam. Her work has been published or featured by The Huffington Post, Write Bloody, Chicago Literati, andBanango Street, among others. She is currently studying creative writing and women’s studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Her first full length book of poems is coming out soon through Where Are You Press in 2015. You can follow her on Twitter @blythe_baird.
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