How many of you have encountered this response while discussing veganism:
“I used to have an eating disorder so I could never be vegan because it would trigger the disorder to come back”
I think it’s because when you start being vegan, you become food obsessed- checking ingredients, researching nutrition, etc. It’s compulsions like eating disorders that can be triggered from such behavior.
We have seen a handful of slay fitness users who clearly suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or other disordered eating. A couple of them even encourage others in their eating disorders, or help them hide the severity of their condition from those around them.
The Slay fitness users that We have come across seem to genuinely be vegan for animal rights reasons and not just to cover up their eating disorders. By no means is this a significant portion of our slay fitness community or the vegan community in general, but such conditions do present a substantial liability with the harm that they can potentially cause to the animal rights movement.
People are very reluctant to accept ideas that challenge their preconceived notions and often far too willing to accept anecdotes that support them. Even if you don’t end up blaming your ill health on veganism, many of those around you will use the connection between orthorexia and veganism as an excuse to not give animal rights the consideration it deserves.
We know that eating disorders can be very difficult to escape for those who suffer from them. If any of you are struggling with this or any other issues that you worry could be holding back your effectiveness as a voice for animal rights, feel free to sound off below.
Slay Fitness concierge note
A person with an Eating Disorder won’t be “cured” by implementing animal parts into their diet, trust me.
I didn’t start to get better until I was training for my first marathon. I was SO starving all the time I just had to eat. I felt good about making my body strong. I never wanted to be super thin, tough. I always dreamed about being able to eat food like a normal person, I just couldn’t do it.
Hugs to everyone who has ever suffered from an eating disorder! It sucks. A lot… practice mindful eating, checkout our top yummy vegan picks below.