“In our media saturated culture, it is hard to escape the onslaught of messages about our bodies. Eating disorders are complex illnesses with complex roots. We can’t blame the media, but we do know that this steady stream of unrealistic ideals and digital illusions of “perfection” creates an environment where eating disorders and poor body image thrive. Of American elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say the pictures make them want to lose weight (Martin, 2010). The work of changing the media means recognizing and celebrating advertisements that send healthy body image messages, as well as taking the time to express our concerns about advertisements that send negative body image messages or promote unrealistic ideals. Being a savvy, critical consumer of media is crucial in the fight against eating disorders” (NEDA).
by Katie Kovacs, MSEd., LPCC
Eating disorders are extremely difficult to understand. Within Christian culture, beliefs and perspectives about eating disorders vary greatly. Often times, people try to find a Biblical way of understanding and approaching these complex illnesses, and even with the best of intentions, they miss the mark. (more…)
by Tasha Castor, MSEd., LPC
By now, you’ve probably heard an eating disorder referred to as “Ed.” The term became popular in 2003 when author and eating disorder survivor, Jenni Schaefer, teamed with psychotherapist Thom Rutledge, LCSW to write the book, “Life Without Ed.” Schaefer named her eating disorder (Ed), which gave it a personality, and helped her separate from the disease that could’ve killed her. (more…)