Malicious Uncle Ed Makes His Young Niece Defeat You with a Terrible Eating Disorder

A spoof of The Screwtape Letters that accurately sums up an eating disorder — and the complex conflict of living with it…


 

My dear Wintergirl,

Eating Disorder Letters Burning RoseI understand that you think that argument is the way to keep The Patient from The Enemy’s grip. She grew up having dozens of conflicting philosophies dance around her head. She does not see things as right or wrong, instead as progressive or old-fashioned. Nonsense is your best ally in keeping her in your clasped hands. Do not waste time trying to make her think that being thin is right! Teach her that being thin means she is healthy, confident, successful, and show that she has self-control.

The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle to The Enemy’s own ground. By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reasoning; consequently once it is awake, who can foresee the result? Your job is to fix her attention on losing weight. Teach her to call it ‘real life’ and do not let her ask what it means by ‘real.’

Not being human you do not realize how enslaved they are to the pressure of being perfect. Keep pressing the perfections of everything around her compared to her own imperfections. Do not forget you are there to make her feel worse about herself.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

Everything is going very well. I am especially pleased to hear that Dysthymia and you have convinced The Patient that everything wrong in her life is her fault. Continue this. She cannot be allowed to falter from this thought process.

When she goes to church and feels numb, let her be tormented by the idea that it is because she is not spiritual enough. When something she once enjoyed does not excite her, remind her that she does not deserve happiness.

The harder she falls into the pit of shame for ruining her own life, the more likely she is to believe that achieving her weightless goals will fix everything. It will become her obsession and she will rely on you more to help her find happiness. She will obey all your commands without question.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

I am very satisfied with what you tell me about The Patient’s relationship with others. Continue to keep her mind on herself. Her attention is thus turned to the present, consequently she will only show parts of herself she wants people to see.

Make her believe that her worth is determined solely on how others see her. This will distance her from other people, allowing you to convince her that you are the only one there for her. If she trusts you more than them, then she will be convinced that everyone else is lying to her.

Finally, tell me something about those close to her. Are they worried about this new factor in her life? Does she feel that they are making a great ‘fuss’ about it? Encourage this thought. Use it to drive a wedge between her and them.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

It is concerning to me that you are asking whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your existence. The High Command has already answered that question. Our policy is to conceal ourselves. When the humans realize our existence in their minds, they start to question what we tell them. It allows The Enemy to teach them how we operate. We cannot allow that.

I do not think you will have much difficulty keeping the patient in the dark. It is believed that those whom we control are only young women who look like skeletons and are on their deathbed from starvation. Teach her that she is not thin enough to be under our influence.

These extremes are to be encouraged and used to our advantage, so she never believes that we are infiltrating her. If she knows we are overtaking her then she will want to rid herself of us. It is even better to lead her to believe that this is coming from her own desire to be ‘healthy’ and ‘improve her life.’

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

The incompetent suggestions in your last letter informs me that it is high time for some rebuke. You should have left out the comment that her opening up to people ‘was especially unfortunate.’ This is not the sort of thing that a niece should write to her uncle, or a junior Atë to the head of a department. It also shows you have a desire for someone else to take responsibility; you need to learn to pay for your own mistakes.

The best thing, when possible is to keep The Patient from the serious intention of realizing she needs help altogether. When a patient asks for help, like your woman. It is best to encourage her to remember all the times from her childhood that someone has let her down. This may persuade her to feel humiliated and avoid people even further, never giving them the chance to prove to be trustworthy.

Nevertheless, you should have avoided the situation to begin with! The real nakedness of the soul is being vulnerable to others. You will be helped by the fact that despite humans’ desire for that type of connection, their fear of betrayal is strong enough to prevent it.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

I am irate that The Patient has entered an eating disorder treatment center. Do not think that you will not face the consequences of this! Notwithstanding, we need to make the best of this situation. Hundreds have been reclaimed after a brief stint in the Enemy’s camp and are now fully under our control. All the habits of the patient, both physically and mentally, are still in our favor.

One of our greatest allies now is the treatment facility itself. All The Patient can see is a prison where people flush their toilet, follow them around constantly, and make them face all the painful emotions you have helped her to avoid. She will be overwhelmed by the complete loss of control as everything she does will be regulated by the center.

At this present stage, she has an idea of what ‘recovery’ is although it is only an image of difficulty. Currently, she only understands that recovery means eating things she does not want to, telling people her deepest, darkest secrets, and giving up the relief that comes from engaging in our behaviors. Never let her know what it would be like to actually recover. Keep her thoughts and understanding hazy.

Work hard on the disappointment and frustration that is coming to The Patient during her first few weeks at the center. Every event in life marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing. The Enemy leaves them to ‘choose recovery for themselves’ and therein lies your opportunity. Nonetheless, remember, there is also danger. If they get out of treatment successfully, they become much less dependent on emotions, consequently becoming much harder to tempt.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

I have been thinking very hard about the question in your last letter. What we want, if The Patient has received treatment, if for them to feel shame about it. Work on her horror of having been locked away in a mental hospital and what people will now think of her.

If she is ashamed of the treatment she received she will be less likely to continue recovery. Now is the time when you should let society’s views run rampant in her mind. None of what she learned in treatment will comply with what the world is saying.

She needs to hear those around her talk about how great it is to lose weight. If she is ashamed of her past, she will not speak up and ask them to stop. She will merely listen as the words creep inside her while you bury them deep within her heart. The use of the world’s constantly changing views of health and fitness will cause her to feel guilt over following her treatment plan. This, this is how you will stop her progression.

Your affectionate uncle,

ED


My dear Wintergirl,

I am delighted to hear that regardless of receiving treatment your patient is looking through your shaded glasses of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. You want her to continually feel uncomfortable in her own skin.

There is nothing like the constant desire to control one’s body to barricade the human’s mind against The Enemy. You have found her Achilles heel and as long you continue to make her see her figure inaccurately, she will want to be in your power. Her fear will do the work for you.

Regardless, there is still danger as she continues to engage with followers of The Enemy. Do not use this knowledge to go easy on her, instead use it to make her miss you. Explain to her that The Enemy does not understand her distress. They think she is okay with the weight she is at. However you, you can save her. She secretly wants you back, nevertheless you need to tread lightly so as not to scare her off.

Your affectionate uncle,

ED


My dear Wintergirl,

You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient continues to see a therapist and a dietitian since discharging from a treatment center. May I ask what you are about? Do you realize that unless it is due to indifference it is a very bad thing?

The reasons are obvious. First, she is spending time with The Enemy. She dreads going, moreover, she is still on their turf. Eventually, something they say will impact her. Secondly, the action of going on her free will and choice despite not wanting to, is causing you to lose power over her.

You can correct this by making her feel shame over every falter from recovery. Tell her that treatment team will be very disappointed. Make her understand the horror at the idea of facing them with unsuccessful news. Explain to her that it will make you proud if she cancels at the last minute. She cannot have both you and them at the same time. It is too much stress to constantly be disappointing both sides. It is time for her to choose where her loyalties lie.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear Wintergirl,

I told you not to fill your letters with rubbish. You write to me with glee that she continues to struggle with depression, anxiety, and engaging in behaviors. This is a crying example of something I have complained about already – your readiness to forget the main point in your immediate enjoyment of human suffering. Do you not know that the medication she has started taking will help elevate her struggles?

The Enemy has guided her to the very thing that will cause her to have more control of her depression and anxiety. You need those illnesses to fuel her desire to engage in behaviors.

You have a small window of opportunity. The smaller it is, the better you must use it. Whatever you do, keep your patient from taking that medication before she starts to see success from it. Convince her that it is not working, that she tried it and it is not for her. Tell her that she does not want to be controlled by a drug for the rest of her life. Use whatever means necessary to turn her against her medication.

Your affectionate uncle,

Ed


My dear, my very dear, Wintergirl, my poppet, my pigsnie,

I sometimes wonder whether you think you have been sent into the human world for your own amusement. It has come to my knowledge, despite your horribly inadequate report, that The Patient’s behavior since exiting treatment has been the worst possible.

The only constructive passage in your letter is where you explain that your patient is still struggling with following their treatment guidelines and experiencing extreme bouts of depression. This is a good sign, however you are far from being out of danger. Every time she struggles she uses what she learned in treatment to get back up on The Enemy’s horse.

Every time she uses the skills The Enemy taught her, you lose power over her. She is slowly slipping out of your control like water out of a cracked vase. At this rate, you will soon find that justice is not in your favor.
Bring us your miserable captive, or be a miserable captive!

Your increasingly and ravenously affectionate uncle,

Ed

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  1. Krista, I read through this piece section by section, then line by line, then word by word. Like Lewis’s masterpiece, I tried to get a firm grasp of perspective. It was difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable. You have captured the genre and, from what my friends tell me, the core struggle of an ED.

    I read through it one more time to see if I could say something witty that would prompt you to check out my faith & mental illness site. I was left with my mouth agape and only one word…

    Wow!

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