This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This topic hits very close to my heart, as I suffered silently and alone for a very long time with self hatred and disordered eating for most of my young adult life. Eating disorders do not discriminate. Eating disorders can affect anyone, no matter the race, age, gender or sexuality.
The focus on positive body image and self-love and acceptance is a constant theme for this blog. When writing a piece, or even just a Facebook post, I ask myself these two questions:
How will this make the moms that read my blog feel about themselves?
If my daughter read this, would it make her appreciate her body?
My heart centered vision is that all mothers and daughters open that dialogue and talk about food struggles and self-love. It can be difficult these days with such a focus on air brushed magazine photos and constant news segments on weight loss.
Maybe you don’t have daughters. You can open that dialogue with friends. Anyone can be struggling with these issues, usually silently. Begin to create a space where the women, men, and children in your life can feel empowered and motivated to talk about food with a healthy attitude. Schedule ladies’ nights that aren’t entirely about food. Don’t diet – the scale is certainly not the best indicator of health, and constantly limiting food in an attempt to lose weight will only backfire on you. Learn about gentle nutrition, like that of Intuitive Eating.
When it comes to health, well being and a focus on health body image need to be in the forefront.
Here a few other resources to check out for more information:
PROUD 2 B ME – An online community for teens promoting positive body image.
PARENT’S TOOLKIT – PDF DOWNLOAD
If you are someone you love is in need of treatment for an eating disorder, know that you are not alone. Go to :FIND SUPPORT
With much love,
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