Body Image: Abuse, Drinking, and Eating Disorders

Tooshie: Defeating the Body Image Bandit

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As we discussed in the last blog entry, eating disorders, abuse, and drinking are often three sides of a dangerous triangle.  Candy’s story described the entanglement of these three issues.  Often an overly critical comment about a woman’s body propels her into a deeper layer of self-contempt.  Sometimes such comments stir the soul to the point that the woman vows to do whatever it takes to – drum roll, please – get skinny.

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Sadly, “getting skinny” is considered a magical cure in our culture.  “If only I was skinny, my life would be perfect,” is a common misconception.    (See my blog entries on Magical Thinking.) And so begins the woman’s road to supposed happiness, which turns out to be hollow and filled with pain.

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She uses whatever is available to help her achieve a desired numbness so she doesn’t have to feel the pain.   Alcohol, food, drugs, and a controlling/abusive male…

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