Not everyone is fortunate enough to pass a mirror and see there reflection and think nothing of it. Some people get trapped in mirrors when they catch sight of some perceived flaw or defect – these imperfections can become all-consuming. Other people in passing may not even notice, but for some individuals, when they look at themselves, it is the ONLY thing they see.
For an individual with an eating disorder, a mirror is often a trigger; something that highlights their perceived flaws. Some try to mask what they see while others obsess at looking at themselves and pick out every minor detail. Neither of these strategies helps correct the misrepresentations these individuals have of their own beauty.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines a mirror as “something that gives a true representation.” How is this actually possible? How does a mirror tell someone that they are beautiful on the inside too or that they have an imaginative and incredible spirit, or that they are intelligent and worthy? How does a mirror tell anyone anything more than your socks aren’t the same colour?
For many people with eating disorders, a mirror is a distorted view of themselves; it shows individuals what they think they see as opposed to what is actually there. Passing a mirror can be a frequent reminder of what they think are imperfections. Millions of people suffer from eating disorders worldwide and many suffer in silence and feel ashamed. Consequences of eating disorders are extremely serious and can be fatal; recovery takes a lot of work and time.
Mirrorless Monday was February 3rd, and across campus mirrors were covered with positive, inspirational messages to remind everyone to appreciate themselves and remember that self-worth comes from within.
Remember Warriors: A mirror can't reflect how amazing you really are!