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Welcome to the weekly debate thread..

I have a radfem instagram in which I also post vegan activism. I get a lot of hate for my veganism, largely from other radical feminists. This isn't surprising to me considering that most radfems have the same excuses and anti-vegan beliefs and dissonance that the general public has ("animals eat other animals," "I'm a lion," "my ancestors eat meat," etc).

However, the one excuse and anti-vegan comment I see the most is that veganism is an eating disorder or will lead to an eating disorder.

Using veganism as a means to avoid eating or to restrict your calories has everything to do with your eating disorder and nothing to do with veganism. An eating disorder is a behavioral disorder, whether its an overeating or undereating disorder, and a mental illness. Veganism is a lifestyle which strives to reduce and eliminate the use of animal products in ones life. These two things have nothing to do with each other.

I have an eating disorder, albeit it is an overeating disorder, so it is not recognized, glamorized or popularized the way undereating disorders are. I have been vegan 5 years and I am vegan for the animals. I am able to separate my eating disordered behaviors and my desire to prevent unnecessary suffering from animals; one is a behavioral/mental condition I live with, the other is my morals and values.

I have seen a lot of radfems claim that veganism is inherently bad for women because its an ED or leads to "restriction." I find this to be massively condescending, firstly because there is an assumption that all women want to diet or dont know how to feed themselves properly if they were to be vegan, and secondly because most vegans are women! We are the ones who care about this issue and actually give a shit about saving animals!

Welcome to the weekly debate thread.. I have a radfem instagram in which I also post vegan activism. I get a lot of hate for my veganism, largely from other radical feminists. This isn't surprising to me considering that most radfems have the same excuses and anti-vegan beliefs and dissonance that the general public has ("animals eat other animals," "I'm a lion," "my ancestors eat meat," etc). However, the one excuse and anti-vegan comment I see the most is that veganism is an eating disorder or will lead to an eating disorder. Using veganism as a means to avoid eating or to restrict your calories has everything to do with your eating disorder and nothing to do with veganism. An eating disorder is a behavioral disorder, whether its an overeating or undereating disorder, and a mental illness. Veganism is a lifestyle which strives to reduce and eliminate the use of animal products in ones life. These two things have nothing to do with each other. I have an eating disorder, albeit it is an overeating disorder, so it is not recognized, glamorized or popularized the way undereating disorders are. I have been vegan 5 years and I am vegan for the animals. I am able to separate my eating disordered behaviors and my desire to prevent unnecessary suffering from animals; one is a behavioral/mental condition I live with, the other is my morals and values. I have seen a lot of radfems claim that veganism is inherently bad for women because its an ED or leads to "restriction." I find this to be massively condescending, firstly because there is an assumption that all women want to diet or dont know how to feed themselves properly if they were to be vegan, and secondly because most vegans are women! We are the ones who care about this issue and actually give a shit about saving animals!

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[–] courage2courage 16 points (+16|-0)

There is so much misinformation about veganism. I suspect this is a conflation with fruitarianism, which is notorious for its disordered eating element.

Veganism is a very broad church, because even when you remove meat and dairy from your diet, there's still a bazillion other different foods you can eat. You can be a junk food vegan, whole food plant based, be any combination of high/low fat/carb, eat only strawberries or gateaux, whatever. What you eat within a vegan lifestyle is what you make it, and if you have a history of ED then pay attention to yourself and know your triggers.

Does veganism attract people with EDs? That would be a better question and maybe the answer is yes. Despite being vegan, somehow I've never caught one of these contagious vegan EDs so I can't say for sure but perhaps eliminating the (so-called) food groups of meat and dairy is appealing to people who have EDs. But veganism does not "give you" an eating disorder any more than eating meat does.

[–] Researcher1536 8 points (+8|-0)

I'm trying to ease myself into going full vegan. I appreciate this circle. A friend is a fruitarian. She lost so much weight that she looks sickly, and she wonders why she has developed all these health problems she didn't have when she was vegan. She got sucked into a raw fruit cult Instagram account.

[–] ursula 8 points (+8|-0)

Take your time. Focus on adding, not taking away. You can do it. Even one meal, one serving, one bite less of animal products helps the animals.