Bonnie Bucqueroux teaches at Michigan State University's School of Journalism and experiments with citizen journalism, including co-publishing Lansing Online News with Bill Castanier. They also co-host a radio show Mondays at 7 p.m. on LCC Radio - WLNZ - 89.7.

5 responses to “A Letter to Kimmy: Would you be saved today?”

  1. R D Winthrop

    Bonnie ~ She have had a much better chance, given how mch more we know and how many more there are of us doing as you suggest, ” … push back against a culture that keeps hurting others.”

  2. Candice Wilmore

    I had an eating disorder for years as a young adult. Nothing as serious as described here but certainly serious enough that I was unhealthy and underweight for a long time. It seems there are several factors here in Kim’s story. Alcoholism is truly beyond my comprehension since I’ve never had that particular addiction. My friend works for the Nat’l Council on Alcoholism and he tells me the failure rate for quitting is in the 90 percentile, so very, very difficult indeed.

    I also believe, based on my personal experience, that although the advertisers are indeed appalling with their images as shown above, my own eating issues were not at all about wanting to look thin but instead, were entirely based on, as Bonnie discusses, a lack of self love and absence of the desire to truly take care of myself. Since that’s a whole topic, I won’t get into it here but happy to report I’m fully well now re: eating, loving myself, enjoying self care and etc. so it can indeed be done, for those of you still struggling. I hope you all have more time than Kim did to feel the beauty of overcoming these dark forces so you may enjoy your existence, for as long as you are here.

  3. Rob Curtner

    Thanks for posting this Bucq. Toxic effects of Affluenza indeed! Most folks I have heard who have had success with staying clean and sober and gone on to apply the method to eating issues have not had success. Feeding oneself is so basic, so primal. Emotional landscape that screams “not good enough” -> therefore must get thin to get approval, or must indulge to feel better, or one followed by the other is a deeply imbedded code in the psyche. Developing an awareness of how I handle my emotional demons, and a chance at making better choices seems to take 100’s of learning trials. On and on…meditation practice is the tool we are given to practice self-awareness. love is real, that’s the deal.

  4. Candice Wilmore

    @ rob “meditation practice”

    that’s the core of my recovery, has been for over 35 years. for more about what i practice if interested.

    thank for all here, very helpful, hopeful.

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