July 28, 2011

The Perfect Storm: Cultural Focus on Weight Loss for Women, Social Isolation, and Conflict Avoidance

Employing an over-used metaphor from the famous movie, another perfect storm occurs in eating disorders.

No one can deny the cultural “value” in Western culture for women to be thin and have the “perfect body”. As I have said many times on this website, there is more to the development of eating disorders than just cultural values. (more…)

July 18, 2011

Do You Like Yourself?

There is a profound relationship between people feeling good about themselves and their being able to control their eating disorder. If the relationships in your life are making you feel bad, the eating disorder is exacerbated. When there are irritations in our lives, in terms of relationships, our ideas about our physical body change and the desire to lose weight, one way or the other, emerges. (more…)

July 9, 2011

Looking for love in all the wrong places

With the Northern hemisphere summer aproaching, Jaqueline Wilson warns that women with eating disorders should be on guard against bulimia triggered by the swimsuit season. (more…)