I've had the drug addict accusation before too. Once I went to donate blood once and the lady asked, really rudely, "Do you even weigh more than 100lbs?" to which I replied "Yes, I weigh 115lbs." And then she proceeded to ask to see the insides of my arms! To check for track marks!!! After that I sat down and waited for my turn and watched her work up the other people and she didn't ask a SINGLE one of them to see the insides of their arms. And I could see everyone else was thinking the same thing, like they felt embarrassed for me or maybe they too were thinking I was a drug addict. I was really pissed and I just left and said they obviously didn't want my blood so forget it.
And as for our parents getting the third degree about
it... I never knew my mom did until one day she confided in me that since I was diagnosed she's always been having to defend me (even to family members) and tell people that I do not have an eating disorder. She said she didn't care except that she didn't feel it was anyone's business one way or another, but she didn't want people looking at me in that way. It doesn't help when you can't sit through a whole meal without going to the bathroom at least twice so people think you're going in there to puke it up.
Oh well. I say let people think what they want, most of the time they're just jealous because we're skinny and eat pounds of food, while they gain weight just looking at a donut, so they try to criminalize us to make themselves feel better ;)
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