Anorexia Sayings and Quotes

Battling an eating disorder can be crippling. Anorexia nervosa can cause long term ailments as the body struggles to function with insufficient nutrients. Far from a simple case of vanity and finding the perfect physique, It is considered both a mental and physical illness. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about anorexia.


The anorexic body is held in the grip of will alone; its meaning is far from stable. What it says - 'Notice me, feed me, mother me' - is not what it means, for such attentions constitute an agonising test of that will, and also threaten to return the body to the dreaded 'normality' it has been such ecstasy to escape.     

Rachel Cusk

While I was never diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia at the time, I've learned that starving myself and bingeing means I had both.     

Joanna Krupa

To be anorexic...she thought, amounted to wanting to shed yourself of some of the imperfect mosaic of pieces that made you who you were. She could understand that now for, maybe underneath that desquamated self you would locate a new version.     

Meg Wolizer

I didn't choose to get anorexia. I may have made some childhood-like choices to try to control something. 'I know what I'll do: I'll just not eat.' That was the initial point, but then it spiraled and became a disease - not a choice by any means.      

Ginger Zee

I was struggling with anorexia, and one of the biggest problems with an eating disorder is you don't realize you have it. And you can't heal until you realize there's a problem.     

Lindsey Sterling

I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls.     

Kate Beckinsale

Anorexia is a response to cultural images of the female body - waiflike, angular - that both capitulates to the ideal and also mocks it, strips away all the ancillary signs of sexuality, strips away breasts and hips and butt and leaves in their place a garish caricature, a cruel cartoon of flesh and bone.     

Caroline Knapp

Most dancers have no awareness of how they look; half of them think they're fat. There is anorexia in the ballet world; there are those things.     

Benjamin Milipied

The dizzy rapture of starving. The power of needing nothing. By force of will I make myself the impossible sprite who lives on air, on water, on purity.     

Kathryn Harrison

Anorexia is a real disease. The choice you do have is asking for help.     

Ginger Zee