Since 2011, this “Anna Rexia” costume has been sold in online stores for Halloween. It’s back again in spite of negative feedback, but one woman has the perfect response.
Jessi Davin is a 26-year-old from Florida. She was diagnosed with Anorexia at age 19 and was in active treatment until age 22. Jessi reminds people that anorexia is no joke.
“Think Anorexia is funny? Sorry. I am a survivor and find NOTHING cute about this,” wrote Jessi.
In her blog post, she lets readers know what anorexia was life for her. She wrote, “Wanna dress up like an Anorexic? All it takes is:”
- 4 years of hospitalization
- A nasogastric feeding-tube because you’ve starved yourself so much that your body doesn’t recognize food as a good thing and tries to attack itself.
- Re-Feeding Syndrome, which can kill you.
- Emotional struggles for years.
- A father crying and pleading on his knees begging for you to get help
- A mother who cries every time she sees you because you look and SMELL like death.
- Holidays missed, birthdays crying in a hospital.
- Almost every major organ in your body failing.
- A shower chair – because you can’t stand in the shower because you’re too weak and the warm water could make you pass out.
- A wheelchair, because you are too weak to walk and it could make you go into cardiac arrest.
- A lifetime of medications for anxiety and the health issues “Anna Rexia” caused.
- Plenty of money for multiple ER trips due to “Anna Rexia” even in recovery.
- And if you don’t get help like I do, or even if you do, a coffin. Because I’ve lost more friends to this eating disorder then anything I’ve ever faced.
She continued, “I almost died from this. I know it’s supposed to be funny and s*** and yeah I get that, but seriously.
Want to dress as “Anna Rexia”? Just go as a Vampire, or a Zombie. Because 1/3 of us are dead.”
She’s now married and seven months pregnant, but it’s a high-risk pregnancy due to her eating disorder. She is back in treatment to make sure her daughter stays healthy and safe.
She told Buzzfeed, “I think costumes like [‘Anna Rexia’] really show how much we as a society have to learn about mental illness and the way it affects the people around us,” she said. “People need to know that if you suffer from an eating disorder — you aren’t a joke.”