As soon as he felt my pain
Is when he came.
I had pushed him aside
But now he is back along for the ride.
He lures me in.
All you have to do is concentrate on being thin.
Starve yourself no one will know
For you know all the secrets so you can just go.
And if by chance you have to eat
Then you know just where to go and who to meet.
It only takes a moment, simply act on the urge
50 pushups here 50 crunches there
Triceps biceps shoulder and back
Keep on going and you will continue to get near.
Push your feelings away and numb yourself out.
Put on a happy face and do not ever pout.
No need to thank me, for I am just doing my job
And I have succeeded from making you sob.
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My name is Jodi Capobianco. I am forty-seven years old and have five children. I have been batteling anorexia nervosa for years. The inspiration for my poem and others comes from my struggle with having an eating disorder, especially as an adult with children. I have one daughter and four sons. My kids range from fifteen to twenty-three. They are my motivation to recover. At this point I am not recovered yet but I am working on it. I want to let people know that having anorexia is not glamorous and has very little to due with just being thin.