I get that this is the time of year for resolutions, and for whatever reason we live in a society where people are taught that being thin is one of the most important things in life. So I have a lot of friends right now who are on diets. I’m not talking about the kind of diet where you make healthy changes and embrace a more healthy lifestyle. I am talking about dangerous diets.

And it makes me sad. For one because I spent most of my teenage years having an eating disorder and hating myself. But also because of what happened to my mom.

A few weeks before my mom got cancer she said “I would do anything if I could lose ten pounds.” Then she got sick. She thought she had the flu. A week later she had lost five pounds throwing up. Then she went to the hospital and found out she had a kind of leukemia that would be difficult and expensive to treat. Then she found out that she couldn’t go through the treatment and would die within a year.

She’s lost more than ten pounds. But suddenly it doesn’t matter. It never should have mattered in the first place.

If you are healthy, that’s what matters.

So to my friends who are risking their health and their lives to be thin, I know it isn’t any of my business, but I wish you would think about it. Because there are more important things than being thin, like your life. Enjoy it as much as you can because everything can be taken away so fast and suddenly the size of your pants is the least of your problems.

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