• Shannon Williamson

PLAYING WITH EATING DISORDERS


I have struggled with my eating disorder for years, but I wasn’t officially diagnosed until this year.


My eating disorder went unnoticed by everyone around me, not least because of the normalising diet culture in society and it took me being hospitalised for it to be taken seriously.


While I was in the beginning stages of recovery I couldn’t work. I passed my time by literally playing Sims all day everyday. For me, it’s such a good, engaging game that you can lose hours on it and escape reality for a while and even manage to feel free, even if it is just for a while.


So honestly my whole body froze when I first saw that there is a MOD (a modification) for anorexia and a way to actually make your sims anorexic.


It offers a checklist of anorexic behaviours (or possible tip-list, depending where you are in your recovery) . you can even add an NG tube.


The thought that somebody is using something like anorexia that tears people apart and can be the end of their lives as a trend is, to me, appalling. Society and diet culture make it hard enough for people with eating disorders (and people without) to feel confident and happy with themselves. Videos that promote anorexia and how to “be anorexic” are adding to the problem; Anorexia is not cute, it’s not a “quirky storyline” it’s something so serious and potentially fatal and once it's in your head you won’t spent a moment alone until you recover.


The more we normalise eating disorders and disordered eating the more it’s going to be ignored and diagnosis and treatment left too late.