Tuesday, August 12, 2008

hungry as a lion.

Odd realization, via Facebook and conversations on Alcott: I know a lot of people in the ED community that were born Leos.  There was actually a group of us, when I was on Alcott, who's birthdays ran July 28, 29, 30, and 31.. out of 22 people and 365 days in the year.  One of the ex-roommates that has been through the old apt has an ED and was born in the midst of the Leo time period.  According to Fbook, there are apparently quite a few more who were born within this time.

I have posted about this before, but more on the level of "time of year".  However, there seem to be a lot of connections between Leos and people with eating disorders.

A little piece on Leo characteristics pulled from zodiac-signs-astrology.com:

Leo Strength Keywords:
- Confident
- Ambitious
- Generous
- Loyal
- Encouraging

Leo Weakness Keywords:
- Pretentious
- Domineering
- Melodramatic
- Stubborn
- Vain

Leo and Independence:
Leo is very independent but they need something to control and someone to admire them and appreciate them. They are fully capable of being greatly successful on their own but they are much happier if they have an audience and a following of people who look up to them. They would prefer not be alone.

Leo and Friendship:
People are attracted to Leo's zest for life and their warm spirit. They have the ability to lift up one's spirits and provide encouragement when times are rough. Their enthusiasm attracts people, Leos are social butterflies, not because they want to be but because people always naturally gravitate and surround the Leo. Leos are very difficult people to not like, they are usually fairly balanced, realistic people (?). They never dwell on the past and they will think you are strange if you do. Some Leos might be too caught up in themselves and be very self-centered but they are never too self-absorbed to help anyone who needs it. They pamper their friends and treat them well. A Leo is the ultimate friend. They do not hold a grudge and they are very forgiving. They have respect and understanding of people's differences.

Alright, so I see a lot of things in there that, oddly enough, seem very opposite of some common characteristics of people with eating disorders.  However, some of these characteristics can show through an eating disorder in different ways.  Sure, I wouldn't be immediately inclined to say that a person who constantly beats themselves up for the sake of insecurity is "confident," but I have yet to find a person with an ED who actually lacked confidence.  Confidence in ED patients is kind of like the color on scratch art paper; you have to find it by scratching the black surface with a pointy wooden stick.  Or.. something.  More so that it's always under the surface and always looks different, you just have to break the the barrier, first.

Any thoughts?  Especially from fellow Leos?

(Really random, partially-related side note: Brie & I share a Leo birthday ;)


Labyrinith said...

That is definitely interesting. I am a Scorpio, now I have to look up the Scorpio/Leo connection. Actually, I was just thinking last night (spooky, really) how I am Scorpio but do I REALLY fall into Scorpio and I want to get a true reading, the kind where they (lol, you know 'they' being 'those people', sorry just amusing myself over here) plug in your time of birth and place, etc to get the EXACT placement-OK, I officially sound like Dionne Warwick right now. I am gonna end this comment with "VERY INTERESTING EM!". =)

eilish said...

One of the reasons that may be is because of brain development in utero. Patients with schizophrenia are more likely to be born in winter/spring...so its possible that the development of critical brain areas thought to be related to anorexia (basal ganglia, insula) in people born in July/August occurs during flu season or some other stressful season that might affect the fetus. Hope that makes sense...I'm not discounting astrology, just offering another (possibly more tangible) explanation.