Erin P. (erinstotle) wrote in ed_ucate,
Erin P.

Pin and button junkies

How do you guys feel about wearing pins/buttons that are related to EDs? Like stuff that says "ED-UCATE" or "Eating disorders are not a choice" or NEDIC/NEDAW or something. Maybe even something like "Accept your current weight", something positive about body image/acceptance (just throwing out some ideas).

I have mixed feelings on this. For one, people would assume that I had a problem and I am trying to attract negative attention. Only ED people would wear such pins (correct me if I'm wrong, but it is difficult to "get it" unless you've been through it/are going through it). Second, I feel like it might be a fashion statement taken in the wrong direction, or misinterpreted, like those red "ana bracelets" (I don't know too much about these actually, and I assume they are not pro-recovery/education/support). Third, if I was recovered, would I still be wearing such a pin or would I try to "move on"?

On the other hand, it shows that you support recovery and education on such a huge problem. And I guess it is pretty important to make a statement about these issues. In addition, I think you'd have to be "prepared" to talk about why you're wearing such a statement.

I have no idea where I got this idea from. I guess I just see a lot of kids wearing pins these days, and it seems that a 1 inch piece of plastic can make a pretty large remark in today's world. Not that these pins can change the world or anything, but I think they encourage openness and discussion, yeah?

Would you wear one? Why/why not?
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