This Artist Fights Her Eating Disorder By Drawing About It, And Her Pieces Are Absolutely Amazing

Anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder (or has known someone who has) understands that recoveryย is a process: it’s often not fast or easy, and how it plays out depends entirely on this person. This woman, for instance, began to healย through her own artwork, and the result is captivating.

After struggling with an eating disorder for four years, Christie Begnell is now coming out with a book of her work that illustrates the realities of living with an ED.

Many of her illustrations involve a dark, skeletal figure looming in the background, signifying how her disorder has controlled her for so many years.

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Last week I received a lovely message from someone telling me that I had never had an Eating Disorder. Despite the fact that my artwork represents the emotional and psychological torture that comes with the illness, and I have spent several years in Eating Disorder treatment, apparently I never had an ED because I never reached a critically low weight. I cannot stress this enough… EATING ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป DISORDERS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ARE ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป MENTAL ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ILLNESSES ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Only a very small percentage of people with an Eating Disorder reach a low BMI, and for those who do restore weight, ED's do not just magically disappear. Saying shit like "Oh, you look so healthy" is seriously insulting. Somebody's mental health can not always be seen, and for the most part Eating Disorders are more dangerous when they go undetected. Please share this message. This point is what motivated me to start drawing in the first place. I couldn't use my body to show people how tormented I was anymore, so I used my art. Please. If you take anything from this, it should be that no matter what your weight, you still deserve treatment ๐Ÿ’œ

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Her pieces remind us that eating disorders don’t just affect people physically, but mentally as well.

Much of Christie’sย work is about changing how we see eating disorders and, most importantly, how we see ourselves.

Christie’s work has a message we can all walk away with: you are beautiful just the way you are, even if you don’t always feel like you are. And you know what? That’s OK. TC mark


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