Gaining weight on vacation is nothing to be ashamed of, and one body-positive blogger wants to make sure other women know that.
In a recent Instagram post, Gina Susanna, an eating disorder survivor who uses social media to speak openly and honestly about her recovery, called out the pressures people put on themselves to lose weight before vacation and keep it off.
“Your girl is fresh and back from vacation and guess what? She's gained some weight," Susanna wrote in the Wednesday post, which had received over 6,800 likes as of Tuesday afternoon. "And no, I don't know exactly how much because I haven't weighed myself since 2014 when I threw away my scale, but I’m definitely heavier than when I left.”
She writes that, for someone with an eating disorder, weight gain seems like “the worst thing that could happen.” Susanna also points out the unrealistic pressures people put on themselves to lose weight for various events in their lives. “ALL OUR LIVES we've been taught that we needed to lose weight to prepare for vacation…To prepare for the moments in our lives we want to remember, we need to make sure we are thin enough to enjoy them. But to that I call BULLS***.”
The heartfelt post is clearly striking a chord with other women, as dozens of commenters on the social media platform have thanked Susanna for her inspiring message. One Instagram user, @soul_cookies, shared her own struggles with an eating disorder and wrote how much the message has resonated with her.
“I love this so much. Currently recovering from an eating disorder that hit its breaking point because I'm planning my wedding. Currently 100 days away and I'm not dieting anymore," she writes. "I'm actually enjoying my life and bonding with my fiancé (I really feel the disorder pulled me away from him). I've definitely gained weight and I definitely freaked out about it but I'm doing so much better. Every word of this resonated with me. Thank you ❤”
Eating disorders will affect about 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder or need support, contact the NEDA helpline.