I see this hashtag everywhere in the instagram recovery community. And there's nothing really wrong with that. Except for one thing.
Now, this could just be me being misinterpreting things, or me being a bitter bulimic.
But the instagram eating disorder recovery community seems to be revolved around recovering anorexics. Not only recovering anorexics, but recovering anorexics who have spent X days in the hospital, been tube feed X times, had a super underweight BMI, and are still on a high calorie diet in order to achieve weight restoration.
It's great that these people are getting support. Weight restoration sucks. But, not all of us need weight restoration. For some of us, resisting binging and purging is the focus of our recovery. Some of us need to lose weight, or maintain weight, not gain.
The reason this frustrates me is that I find it perpetuates the idea that all people with eating disorders are anorexic. Or that all people with eating disorders go to hospital. Or that all people with eating disorders are underweight. Or that all people with eating disorders "Just need to eat".
NOT everyone with an eating disorder restricts
NOT everyone with an eating disorder goes to hospital
NOT everyone with an eating disorder is underweight
And eating disorders are not cured by eating.
That's my real problem with the eat it to beat it hashtag. Eating does not beat an eating disorder. Yes you're beating your restricting behaviors, but eating disorders are a complex mental disorder. Eating does not cure this.