As Someone Who's Struggled With An Eating Disorder, I Do Not Support Kim Kardashian West's Appetite Suppressant Promotion

As Someone Who's Struggled With An Eating Disorder, I Do Not Support Kim Kardashian West's Appetite Suppressant Promotion

She is using her massive platform to promote negative body image behaviors.
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Last week, Kim Kardashian West posted a photo on Instagram promoting these lollipops that were also appetite suppressants. I would like to point out that Kim has more than 111 million followers on Instagram (I am proudly not one of them). I saw this post through Twitter.

We live in a society that glorifies weight loss, starvation, extreme body modification (plastic surgery), a petite yet curvy figure, among many other things. Very rarely do you see people loving and accepting the bodies that they have – granted the body positivity movement has made some strides in the past few years but the pressure to have the perfect body has not changed. And here is where I am going to call out Kim.

Kim, you are a mother, daughter, sister, idol, and a social media icon. You have created a massive platform for you and your family – and most of that has been based on your looks and fashion. I may not agree with your extreme focus on fashion and looks and I can ignore that. However, when you advertise something that suppresses an individual's appetite, you have gone too far. As someone who has struggled with negative body image and eating disorders, seeing a celebrity promote an appetite suppressant would be music to my eating disorders ears.

My disordered thoughts would tell me that if Kim K is doing it then I can, too. But let's just say you didn’t have an eating disorder or negative body image, and you were just a young 13-year-old girl whose body is starting to change and you’re actually becoming aware of what you look like. And you see a well-known celebrity, such as Kim K, promoting something that suppresses your appetite. Your immediate thought is probably going to be something like well if she is doing it I can, too.

During my undergrad career, I have taken one very basic, albeit hard biology class. If there is one thing that I still remember to this day it is that our bodies need food to survive and function. In food there are macromolecules and these macromolecules are broken down and allow our bodies to perform certain functions. If you do not eat your body cannot function properly. If someone wants to be a productive and happy individual they have to eat. Suppressing an appetite is hurting your body in the long and short term.

Kim K has a massive platform that could be used to promote so many things such as body positivity. This post just reinforced the social stigma that people, especially women should be ashamed of being hungry and wanting to eat. Being hungry is natural and normal. I wonder how much money she made from that Instagram post – because is it really worth it if it is feeding into a culture that teaches women to hate their bodies and to deny themselves of what their body needs? I personally don’t think so.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.


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Bye Bye, Birdie: A Farewell To Bird Scooters

Thanks, JMU, for taking away what everyone loved the most first semester.

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Dear Birds,

You were one of the most exciting moments of the first semester. Not only did you bless people with the capability of falling off of them, but still somehow provided transportation from one place to the other without catching the bus. Now, sadly I have to wait out in the freezing cold longer to catch the bus with gross people that could give me germs(as if I'm not sick already from living in a dorm). You prevented me from being late to class at all costs to prevent the 20-minute walk from East to Main campus. Also, eating a pop tart while riding you was a plus. Although, you did make me feel even taller with the shortness of your bike (but that's what Lime scooters are for).

That's right, Bird, even though you thought you were all that, we still have Lime. Not only are they taller, but a whole lot more navigable(again no longer has to eat pop tart hunched over). All Lime's are more durable and have a much-needed break. Plus, they also go faster and respond quicker when activated. Sorry, Birds, but the idea of me pushing you up a hill when it's below freezing outside isn't ideal or an enjoyable ride. Every lime scooter trip I've had is seemingly effortless(no walking required). Also, I was able to find more Lime scooters readily available without a low battery.

If people think Bird scooters are everywhere, that would be very incorrect. Searching for a Bird bike was like finding treasure on a treasure map(again, not very easy). When you know you're at that point, walking or taking the bus is probably quicker. Another reason Lime scooters are better is that of their color. Who doesn't like green? The logo is inviting, attention-grabbing, and have you wishing it was summer during the winter. Once again, not like traditional black and white for a Bird scooter. Let's not forget the quickness of Lime scooters. They go much faster than Birds (up to 18 miles per hour) even on a hill, while Birds offer up to 15 miles per hour.

However, my biggest shoutout to Lime scooters is with no shoveled sidewalks in downtown Harrisonburg, I was still able to ride my Lime scooter on patches of ice. Lastly, the Lime scooter app is quicker to activate on your phone. Compared to the Bird scooter app, it would freeze up and choose to not work(for me risking being late to class). Even Though people are more favorable towards Bird, it is easy to see why Lime scooters are so much better.

Regardless of which motor scooter is your favorite, the reliability is key and cheaper than taking an Uber car and worrying if the right bus will come. So the next time you think about renting a motor scooter, think about availability first, speed second, and cost third.

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