By Melissa Riddle Chalos We live in a media-saturated culture where we project what we want the world to see and know about our lives. But the reality is often quite the opposite. Young women and girls struggle with all sorts of insecurities and emotional wounds that impact their lives in very real ways, with […]
Eating disorders and perfectionistic tendencies typically go hand in hand. Disordered eating habits often emerge from a desire to control other parts of your life, manage psychological distress, and conform to a certain image or personal standard. Because of this, people with eating disorders are very critical of themselves. When you’re in eating disorder recovery, you may continue to struggle with perfectionism, but there are ways to not be so hard on yourself. Learning to adopt more flexible thinking patterns can reduce your anxiety and give you a greater sense of satisfaction in your daily life.
Every summer, temperatures are at their hottest while clothing is at its scarcest. People everywhere flock to the pool, the beach, or the lake to swim and enjoy the sun. As a result, social media is flooded with pictures that may invite body comparison. For anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder, the temptation to resort to old habits can be triggered by certain imagery, from swimsuit photos to “thinspiration,” and even “fitspiration” posts. We can all become more aware of how the images we post affect others, and those in recovery need to know what to avoid as they go online this summer.
By Christa Banister In any number of movies, television shows, or after-school specials that have aired over the years, there’s often a strikingly similar depiction of what someone who struggles with an eating disorder looks like. And that familiar image — a white, very thin, generally young and affluent woman— has frequently led to a […]
By Christa Banister The barrage of advertising from the diet and fitness industries used to coincide primarily with the arrival of a new year. Each January, commercials beckon you to sign up for the latest, greatest ways to shed pounds. The pleas to join a gym, buy this shake, sign up for a fitness trainer, […]