The Daily Mail‘s celebrity coverage continues to send messed up messages about female bodies, but between headlines about their “curves” (or lack thereof), they also have a few human interest stories to show they support women’s health. Today, they’re applauding 27-year-old Catherine Thomson, who said that pregnancy saved her from a devastating eating disorder. The problem is, the article is far from a body positive reinforcement for recovering anorexics. Instead, it just implies that as long as women put a baby’s health ahead of our own, our mental problems aren’t of concern.
Thomson says she battled with anorexia for seven years before becoming pregnant with her child, but her desire to start a family—and subsequent success getting pregnant—has helped her force herself to eat more. She says a trip to the hospital forced her to straighten out her priorities:
‘When I started to feel better about myself, I started thinking about what I wanted in life.
‘I knew I wanted to start a family but I never really thought it would happen.
‘Jamie and I talked about it and we decided that we both wanted it. I had started to put on weight and my eating plan was still going strong. It was time to see if I could get pregnant.’
In October, Catherine received the news she had been waiting to hear – she was pregnant.
‘We were thrilled,’ she said. ‘It’s what we both wanted and I can’t tell you how happy we are. I can’t find the right words,’ she said.
But by her own accounts, she’s far from “recovered” from the psychological battle of her eating disorder:
‘I’m not cured,’ she said.
‘Every day, I have to fight with the voices in my head but it’s different now – because I’ve won the battle. ‘I know I have to eat because I’m having a baby.’
It’s glaringly obvious that Thomson still has problems with eating and body image. She says exactly that, and although she’s kept on weight and says she’s eating regular meals, she’s still in the midst of her pregnancy and only months into her recover, which by most accounts isn’t a quick process, especially when you’ve suffered a disorder so severe it landed you in the hospital.
It’s great that Thomson is working to overcome her problems with body image and eating, but her case is far from a shining example. By all accounts, pregnancy is difficult—mentally and physically. And that’s without concerns about eating disorders to start. It can also be miraculous, to be sure, but it’s not a cure for mental or physical disorders—which is why this article is such a fail.
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