Body Image: Abuse, Drinking, and Eating Disorders

Tooshie: Defeating the Body Image Bandit


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.


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.


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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