Membership is moderated. Follow the simple instructions below if you would like to join thinspiring. Your account will not be activated until these steps are followed
1. Take a minute to stop by tspireapps and post why you would like to join thinspiring.
2. Come back *here* and click the "join community" button.
3. A moderator will approve or decline your request as soon as possible.
If these are not done in the correct order your request may be declined.
Please read the following before joining or posting in this community:
This community is designed to provide a support system for people with eating disorders. We will not and do not help anyone "develop" an eating disorder, nor is our purpose to aid those who want to lose a few pounds or acquire diet tips. This community is for people who need a safe haven, a place where others will understand the issues they face every day. If you would like to learn more about some of these issues, please refer to the memories section.First and foremost, this is a supportive, coping community.
The members and moderators of this community ask that you take your politics elsewhere if the reason you are here is to preach or debate. The majority of the active members of this community are educated and aware of the risks they are taking with their bodies, their minds, and their health. They do not need your lectures or your scorn; rather, they need the support of others who are going through similar experiences. The purpose of this community is not to encourage destructive eating habits but to provide support and to act as an outlet for expression for those who find themselves struggling with an eating disorder. If this is not the reason you are here, please refer to any number of anti-eating disorder or debate communities.
"An eating disorder is not usually a phase, and it is not necessarily indicitive of madness. It is quite maddening, granted, not only for the loved ones of the eating disordered person, but also for the person herself. It is, at the most basic level, a bundle of contradictions: a desire for power that strips you of all power. A gesture of strength that divests you of strength. A wish to prove that you need nothing, that you have no human hungers, which turns on itself and becomes a searing need for the hunger itself. It is an attempt to find an identity, but ultimately it strips you of any sense of yourself, save the sorry identity of 'sick.' It is a grotesque mockery of cultural standards of beauty that ends up mocking no one more than you. It is a protest against cultural stereotypes of women that in the end makes you seem the weakest, the most needy and neurotic of all women. It is the thing you believe is keeping you safe, alive, contained - and in the end, of course, you find it is doing quite the opposite. These contradictions begin to split a person in two. Body and mind fall apart from each other, and it is in this fissure that an eating disorder may flourish, in the silence that surrounds this confusion that an eating disorder may fester and thrive." - Wasted, Marya Hornbacher