“I don’t want to sound like an insensitive bitch, but toughen up buttercup.”
Trigger warning: if you’re super-sensitive, do not read. Or read and get ticked off in the comments.
Dear girl on Tumblr asking for food trigger warnings,
You asked a YouTuber with a fairly growing fan base to please not post pictures of food without a trigger warning, because you have an eating disorder. Seeing food makes life harder for you. And for that I’m sorry.
I’m also sorry that you haven’t seemed to grasp the fact that this really wasn’t that young girl’s problem. It’s yours.
I understand that sometimes a particularly graphic article, a photo, a show can be too overwhelming for a person. It’ll spark that memory that can be too much for a survivor of whatever that trauma may be, and she or he will go spiraling into self-destructive behavior, a crying jag or other negative coping mechanisms.
I get that.
I just think it’s gone too far.
Sweetie, I am no way saying that eating disorders aren’t important, or a terribly hard struggle to deal with.
What I am saying is that there’s food literally EVERYWHERE. On your commercials, in your movies, walking down the street when you pass a sub shop. Hell, there’s probably some of the stuff in your house.
It’s not like the Weight Watchers, which always seem to be strategically placed by a damn Krispy Kreme taunting “Trigger warning: the smell of doughy goodness may cause a relapse.”
I don’t want to sound like an insensitive bitch, but toughen up buttercup. If last night’s dinner was delicious, I’m Instagramming the hell out of it. It’s going all up in my Tumblr and if I somehow by the grace of Chef Boyardee made it myself, then hello Pinterest.
I have food issues myself. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a perfectly normal relationship with food. We all need it to survive, but the ties that bind are wicked.
Should an alcoholic admonish people who post pics of delicious looking cocktails or their drunken antics on Friday night? (Well maybe the drunken antics, but I’m digressing.) Should someone badly injured in a traffic accident expect people to park their cars and start riding bikes? Should insomniacs ask people to give trigger warnings before they start bragging about their excellent night’s sleep, those lucky S.O.B.s?
It may be hard to see food, but honey, that’s life. It’s hard. It’s a bitch. And people are going to keep eating it. It’s ultimately your responsibility as to how you deal with it. And if you need help dealing with food in your life, reach out and get the help you deserve. Don’t put it on the shoulder of some anonymous girl on Tumblr.