Eating Disorders

Observations in the Park

(Haiku for a Friend with an Eating Disorder)

By Lisa DeSiro

i. Just like ducks

Plunging heads and necks
underwater to feed, swans
stick their butts up too.

ii. Unlike us

Sparrows and squirrels
eat all day long; they never
obsess about weight.



Lisa DeSiro is the author of the chapbook Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals, and have been set to music by several composers. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She works for a non-profit organization and is also an accomplished pianist. Read more about her at



According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are three major types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders usually begin to appear in teen years/early adulthood, and effect both men and women, though women suffer from them 2.5 times as frequently as men. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family. If you think you’d benefit from a support group and are in the United States, you can find one through Eating Disorder Hope¬†or through ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders).