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Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic?

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Addressing the elephant in the room.

It’s not something I ever wanted to address; the subject of eating disorders has nothing to do with my website nor what I stand for, which is why I’ve let the rumors go unchallenged for so long. But readers have recently been leaving an even higher number of weight-related comments than usual, now calling me both too thin and too fat. (I’ve even been called pregnant and anorexic in the same post.) As I know girls are using photos of me for “thinspiration” and citing my blog as a reason it’s okay to eat 100 calories a day and starve down to 70 pounds…

I feel addressing it at this point is the right thing to do.

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If you’ve ever googled “chocolate covered katie,” you’ve probably seen the search engine’s lovely (I say this facetiously) list of related searches, which includes “chocolate covered katie anorexic” and “chocolate covered katie eating disorder.” It’s self-perpetuating: curiosity will cause people to click on the terms, and therefore the suggested searches will most likely never disappear.

Although I don’t have an eating disorder and have always eaten well, I fully admit that I did have an unhealthy and excessive relationship with exercise that took a toll on both my appearance and mental health. While I’d thought I was happy during those years and was technically healthy—with normal labwork, few sick days, and a good relationship with food—the over-exercising was sabotaging my efforts to gain the curves I desired. I wouldn’t allow myself to even entertain the possibility my beloved running routine could be partially responsible for my inability to gain weight.

When I finally did make the choice to give up running (that story is linked above), I gained about 10-15 pounds quickly, easily, and happily. Imagine discovering—almost overnight—that you suddenly have the body you’d always wanted! Looking back, I only wonder why I didn’t realize sooner the extreme exercise was not the healthiest thing for me: it had become a source of stress in my life and was draining me of energy, which was manifest in my appearance.

I am a million and a half times happier now, and it shows!!!

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(Maybe even two million and a half times happier.)

It’s difficult to make guesses about a person’s life simply by looking at a photograph or by judging his or her online persona. No, my life is not all about food; and yes, I occasionally do indulge in “unhealthy” meals and desserts. I just don’t post about these occasions because it isn’t relevant to the theme of my website.  Hateful things are written on the internet under a cloak of anonymity, and it’s unfortunately women putting down other women all too often, writing words they would never feel comfortable saying in real life.

In my years of blogging, I’ve been called everything from “skeleton” to “fat slug” to “anorexic with a boob job,” and it eventually forced me to realize my self worth needs to come from something other than the opinion of a stranger on the internet. The routineness with which I receive these acrimonious messages has at least given me the ability to shrug them off. Although… when I saw the “fat slug” comment, I literally could not stop laughing.

I completely stopped reading the CCK internet rumors and conspiracy theories a long time ago, even if that means letting some false claims about my life go unchallenged. Although I could defend myself against the rumors, doing so would become a full-time job, and I’d rather focus my time elsewhere. The people who know me in real life are easily able to tell the truth, which is all that matters.

However, the one thing I feel I do need to clear up is that anyone who tells you my blog promotes eating disorders is grossly mistaken. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Chocolate-Covered Recipes have healthy fats, whole grains, and real-food (non-artificial) ingredients, and you’ll never find me promoting dangerous cleanses, calorie restriction, or touting any one food as a “miracle” cure. (I’ve turned down many high-paying offers from companies to promote such things on the blog.) In consideration of the readers with a medical need, lower-calorie and sugar-free options are included in my posts when available. But the recipes are not specifically “diet” choices; just healthier choices, and you can choose the ingredient options that suit your own personal needs. (I go further into detail on this topic in my Chocolate-Covered Katie FAQ Page.)

Please, the next time you read any kind of gossip online, take a moment to consider the source before believing it as fact. And if you ever come across something written about me that you don’t understand, please always feel free to ask. I’m one of the most candid and open people you could ever meet, and I don’t get embarrassed easily. If a stranger really wanted to know everything about my life, I’d have no problem leaving in every detail. At the risk of sounding clichéd… all of the stupid mistakes I’ve made in my life have made me who I am today, and I’m not embarrassed about a single one.

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If you want to use me as thinspiration, keep in mind that the thinspiration you are using is a healthy woman who eats a balanced diet heavy in calories, healthy fats, and carbs. I don’t advocate starving, and it’s completely not necessary to starve yourself to be thin.

I’d hope that what people can get out of my blog is the message it’s important to treat your body kindly; to nourish it with real-food ingredients; to truly enjoy the foods you are eating; and to take in enough calories for the strength and energy to live your best life possible. No crash dieting. No cutting out food groups. No starving. Please take good care of yourselves. ♥

Now, can we put this subject to rest and get back to the food?

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I’m going to hashtag this photo #fatslug Smile with tongue out

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Kelly says:

    Katie, you are beautiful inside and out. Thanks for your candid post and your grace under pressure. Now THAT’S inspiration!

    1. Carolyn says:

      I totally agree – Katie, you are amazing! And do remember that whenever anyone criticizes someone else, they are actually criticizing themselves. So just continue to be the inspiration you are and then you will give the “haters” a beautiful example to follow if they so choose.

      1. Tessa says:

        Ditto the above comments. Excellent post. Excellent website. 🙂

  2. Such a well written post, Katie! People are going to judge regardless of what you look like, how you live or your character. Usually it is because of something in their own lives though. We are all (thankfully!) made uniquely different! I am so happy to hear that you aren’t letting other peoples judgements control your own life. Now lets eat some dessert (:

    1. Dianne says:

      Like the above commenter pointed out, I feel sorry for these haters because they are not mean spirited people but simply people who are struggling. Normal people don’t spend their free time trolling hate forums.

      Also I thought it was funny that some of them are saying you wrote this post to get the SEO for chocolate covered katie anorexic. Do they not know that, as the owner of the domain chocolatecoveredkatie.com, you would have already had this top spot to begin with!

      1. Haha yes, true. The post that used to come up first was this one:

        http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/02/20/my-health-scare/

        I’m not sure why they’d assume I’m money-hungry and have no morals, but I guess conspiracy theories are just more interesting than the boring truth sometimes.

  3. Katy, from a fellow food blogger, you are my favorite food blogger. I love your creative recipes, and I also love to learn more about you as a person. Anyone who has read your blog for any length of time (OK, so I admit to having seen a *lot* of your material) should know that while the recipes you post are often low-cal, you also often make notes of how you make the recipes richer for yourself. I don’t understand how that could be taken as an “eating disorder.” I think you’re a great role model when it comes to food and taking care of your body. The pictures in this post were absolutely gorgeous, and so are you (I do agree with your self-assessment that the extra pounds you’ve put on have made you even more beautiful). Keep up the good work!

    Briana

    1. Thank you… that really means a lot to me 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    This is a beatiful post and very refreshing, thank You so much for sharing something so personal is a real inspiration

  5. Hollie says:

    This was such an open and strong post. Thank you for being bold and sharing Katie. It is always great to hear more about you personally as well as your recipes. As someone who has worked with those with eating disorders, one of the biggest influencers are people such as yourself speaking out. So thank you.

  6. What a well written and grace-filled reply! If there’s anything “Unhealthy” and “disgusting” on the internet, it’s how much we feel entitled to verbally judge, criticize and compare ourselves to others we don’t know. Its so ridiculous! As a long-time reader and promoter of your blog (both verbally and on my own blog) I love your candidness, humor, recipes, and health & nutritional information. Those of us who are in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle that’s filled with joy and freedom, appreciate you! Thank you for not letting the “haters” 🙂 get to you, and keep up the amazing delicious work 🙂

  7. Red says:

    Your integrity and courage is admirable. It must be difficult at times to have the internet world make assumptions regarding something so personal, but you’ve made your statement with grace. Keep up the good work and, yes, let’s get back to the food!

  8. Ja says:

    I think your recipes are great and am sorry the
    haters, bullies and malcontents made you
    feel you had to address this personal issue.
    That said ,thank you for sharing and encouraging thoughts
    on nutrition and preparing healthy & flavorful food . I wish you
    all the best. Btw keep the single lady desserts coming not all of your
    fans have self -control .

  9. Jill says:

    Katie, you are a beautiful woman…inside and out. What a mature and wise post. I am so glad you don’t listen to the horrible things people have said…they are truly jealous of you…there is NO other answer! Sad for them and good for you for not wasting your energy on such nonsense! Thank you for being you and for your awesome blog…my family LOVES your recipes and love that we can still have treats while living a healthy lifestyle!!

    1. Thank you for making the recipes!

  10. Keep kicking ass Katie. Thank you for being so open with all of this!

  11. Megan says:

    You know- I have never, from the name of your blog to your blog posts, ever would have thought anything about food/weight struggles or disorders.
    I love your site and everything you come up with – keep doing what you are doing and ignore everyone else 🙂

  12. Xena says:

    Go listen to Lily Allen’s URL Badman, you’ll feel better. NSFW lyrics though.
    And get a friend or someone who’s not you to review comments for approval. that way you never have to see the truly nasty troll comments.

  13. Angela says:

    Katie, I’m a long-time lurker who needed to comment. My teenage daughter and I are on opposite ends of the weight spectrum: she has a hard time gaining weight, while I have a difficult time losing it! My daughter is sixteen and short for her age, hovering between ninety and ninety-five pounds–but she is a ballet student and healthy-looking (just petite). It breaks my heart for people to label her “anorexic” or point out her “thigh gap,” and she gets so discouraged at the comments. I understand how you feel (second hand) and I think it was courageous of you to address the rumors. I intend to show this article to my daughter today.
    By the way, I love your blog and your healthy recipes!

    1. I’m so sorry she’s having to go through that too. People making negative comments about someone’s weight is never ok and can hurt no matter what size you are. 🙁

    2. Kristin says:

      As a dancer who did suffer from an eating disorder, I’d like to advocate the use of the word “anorexic” as identifying a disease whose sufferers need compassion. “Anorexic” is not an insult; it is a sad reality for a great number of girls, women (and yes, some men) today. And although I have beat the disease, I still recognize the need for healthy recipes. We are looking for balance.

      Thank you, Katie, for helping us in the struggle to find a middle ground where we can value health and exercise without succumbing to heart-breaking diseases like anorexia and bulimia.

  14. Bre & Ree says:

    It’s unfortunate to hear such terrible things have been said. And, you’re right, you shouldn’t have to defend yourself. Your blog is great, and I’m so glad you have the strength not to take the negative to heart. Keep doing what you’re doing!
    ~Bre

  15. Paula says:

    Katie, I’ve been reading your blog off and on for years now and am coming out of non-commenter mode to say PREACH, GIRL. I’m so glad you wrote this. I remember reading about your struggle to gain weight and also remember seeing a more recent photo and thinking how healthy you are looking now.

    As someone who struggled with anorexia for 8 or 9 years, I can’t imagine having to hear strangers calling me too fat AND too skinny. And as a person who values balance in her diet, I love that I can make your recipes as healthy or unhealthy as I want (e.g. homemade krispy kreme donuts)! You keep doing you. Props!

  16. Daccota says:

    You are amazing. And I’m sure that for everyone who looks at you as inspiration to lead an unhealthy life, there are so so so many more who look at you as an inspiration for living a healthy life! I really wish we lived in a world that had a better grasp of different body types. I know if I ate and exercised exactly as you did I would never have the same size jeans as you – bodies are just different! – but I DO know my health and happiness would shine through the way it does through you! Thank you for leading by example.

  17. Daccota says:

    Also, as a biologist, I thank you for turning down the offers to advertise miracle cures. Writing about healthy eating is hard enough without having to sift through the mountains upon mountains of misinformation. I’ve always valued that about your writing and it has made CCK my favorite vegan food blog now for years.

  18. Laura says:

    Well written post. I have read your blog for awhile and tried some of your recipes (my favorite is the deep dish cookie pie!). I’ve never thought you had an unhealthy relationship with food. I just assumed you were one of those naturally thin people. I know people like this. I don’t know why some women think if another woman is thin than she must be anorexic. It’s ridiculous! Some people have different genetics!

    Anyways, just wanted to say keep on keeping on!

  19. Jill says:

    Great post. It’s sad that it even comes to the point that this is necessary. But I think you hit on a few key things, people need to focus on what is the right choice for them, as individuals. Genetics/natural body type is a huge factor. My body is built very differently than yours and will never look like yours regardless of what I do. And that’s OKAY! Beauty and worth as people comes in all kinds of ways. Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      Life would be very boring if we all looked exactly the same!

  20. All I have to say is: let’s get #fatslug trending. But really, you are so brave. I am so inspired by your honesty and your courage!!! Love, love you, gorgeous (HEALTHY) woman!

    1. K says:

      Two of my favorite bloggers! You should both get it to start trending. I bet people would follow and it would catch on with both of your influences behind the movement. I would certainly spread the word and join in on my own Instagram.
      Love you both!

    2. Lauren says:

      Not sure if you will see this Jordan, but I think you should make Katie a custom shirt that says #fatslug! I love both your blogs too.